Q&A: Revealing the deep human journey

研究古老的遗体。版权所有:由Mathabela Tsikoane /探索中心的深人类旅程提供


  • Tintin cartoons inspired career in paleoanthropology
  • “地下宇航员”冒险揭示了历史的秘密
  • 深厚的人类旅程为未来提供教训


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When Keneiloe Molopyane was seven years old, she saw comic book character Tintin’s adventures around the world and knew that she wanted to be an explorer.

Flash forward a couple of decades, and Molopyane’s studies in biological anthropology have opened up unimaginable opportunities to investigate South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind, one of the world’s most important fossil sites.


您是维特沃特斯兰大学(University of Witwatersrand)的深度人类旅程探索中心的研究员。这是一个引人入胜的标题。什么是深人类的旅程?你在探索什么?



I started excavating my first year of university. This was in 2005. And that is an excavation that I will probably never forget, because that reaffirmed my passion for the subject field. I’ve been underwater diving, that was a great project — the African Slave Wrecks Project, working with the Smithsonian institute and George Washington University, as well as Iziko Museums of South Africa. [We were] looking for a particular shipwreck, telling the story of the slaves that died when the ship crashed.

最新的冒险是成为人类摇篮的后起之秀球队的一部分。我在2018年加入了初中的地下宇航员,所以在山洞,紧密的空间中爬行,被困在黑暗中。那真是太有趣了 - 这让很多人感到恐惧,但我发现这真是令人难以置信。因此,2022年可能会很忙,也许开放了两个额外的网站,并真正降低了探索和挖掘。

How can this new understanding about the past be used to make life better in the present and in the future?

我们都从错误中学习,对吗?这是研究历史,考古学和古人类学的一件好事之一,您将拼图拼凑在一起。然后,您倾向于在我们如何处理环境,使用环境以及如何进行科学方面看到一些发生的错误。beplay足球体育的微博在历史记录中,我们可以从中学到一些教训,这将使科学更好。And that’s what we’re working towards.


Right and Left: The SuperScientist character and the SuperScientists Card (Copyright: Clyde Beech for CodeMakers). Centre: Keneiloe Molopyane, centre, doing excavation work. (Copyright: Dirk van Rooyen / Centre for the Exploration of the Deep Human Journey)


在[项目创始人]贾斯汀·亚罗(Justin Yarrow)接触之前,我知道了几个月的超级科学家。我只是被艺术品和科学家可能是超级英雄的想法所吸引。我想到了骨头。她看起来非常像我,她的身材也很红,我也穿着,这是对我们的水下冒险的敬意,您知道,小美人鱼,阿里尔(Ariel),带有红色的头发。骨头上的胸部也有一个抹子。甚至她穿的西装也……这与我在地下工作时穿的衣服相似。我拿着一个头骨Homo naledi…因为这就是我进入古人类学的方式。


I didn’t have any science role models growing up, mostly because I didn’t want to be a scientist. I thought scientists were very boring. And they were often white males as well. It’s very interesting that I became a scientist because still to this day, I don’t really see myself as a scientist. That’s why SuperScientists works — we’re changing the face of what a scientist looks like. My family has been quite supportive. They went on this journey with me, so they’re kind of like my role models as well, because they learned the science with me at the same time, and kept me going.