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Question 1: Sterkfontein (________ for Strong Spring) is a set of limestone caves of special interest to paleo-anthropologists located in Gauteng province, Northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa near the town of Krugersdorp.
Dutch languageAfrikaansEnglish languageZulu language

Question 2: In 1936, the Sterkfontein caves yielded the first adult Australopithecine, substantially strengthening Raymond Dart's claim that the skull known as the Taung child (________) was a human ancestor.
Paranthropus robustusAustralopithecus africanusHuman evolutionAustralopithecus afarensis

Question 3: Broom initially named the skull Plesianthropus transvaalensis (near-man from ________), but it became better known by its nickname, Mrs. Ples.
Orange Free StateTransvaalSouth AfricaSouth African Republic

Question 4: There was a pause in excavation during ________, but after the war Dr.
World War IICollaboration with the Axis Powers during World War IISecond Sino-Japanese WarSoviet occupations

Question 5: The archaeological sites of Swartkrans (Afrikaans for Black Cliff) and Kromdraai (________ for Crooked Turn) (and the Wonder Cave) are in the same area.
Dutch languageEnglish languageZulu languageAfrikaans

Question 6: Robert Broom from the ________ began concerted excavations.
University of Cape TownUniversity of the WitwatersrandUniversity of South AfricaUniversity of Pretoria

Question 7: In 1997 a near complete skeleton of an early hominid was found in the caves by Ronald J. Clarke; extraction of the remains from the surrounding ________ is ongoing.
Impact eventBrecciaImpact craterMeteorite

Question 8: Sterkfontein was declared a ________ in 2000 and the area in which it is situated, was named the Cradle of Humankind.
United Nations Human Rights CouncilWorld Heritage SiteUniversal Postal UnionFood and Agriculture Organization

Question 9: Modern excavation of the caves began in the late 1890s by limestone miners who noticed the ________ and brought them to the attention of scientists.
Geologic time scalePaleontologyFossilGeology

Question 10: Mrs. Ples is estimated to be between 2.6 and 2.8 million years old placing it in the ________.
MioceneGeologic time scaleGreat American InterchangePliocene


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