Fossilized remains which are thought to be close to two million years old have been discovered in Malapa near Johannesburg. An adult female and a boy were found amongst the debris inside a cave.
Scientists believe the remains are a link between mankind of today, Homo, and older hominids. This find has been given the name Australopithecus sediba. A host of other fossils have been uncovered at the site, which was found using Google Earth.
Professor Lee Berger, head of the research team, said of the remains: "It´s at the point where we transition from an ape that walks on two legs to, effectively, us.”