What's new from the PAST?

Robert J. Blumenschine, Andrea Leenen
2016 South African Journal of Science  
In 2003, Bob Brain 1 wrote in this journal about the first decade of operation of PAST, the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (then known as the Palaeo-Anthropology Scientific Trust). Entitled 'A perspective on the PAST', and written in his capacity as the NGO's scientific advisor, Brain described PAST's creation at the dawn of democracy in South Africa in 1994 as an effort to 'avert a serious financial crisis at the University of the Witwatersrand that was threatening the future of
more » ... ture of palaeoanthropological research there', particularly at the world-renowned Sterkfontein Caves. Brain outlined the central role PAST played in resuscitating student training and research in palaeoanthropology at Wits, such as supporting the discovery and development of the Little Foot skeleton at Sterkfontein, 2 through public sector financial support from Anglo-American, Standard Bank, and other corporations.
doi:10.17159/sajs.2016/a0139 fatcat:teqqcxlbhraufgqkcidpdm3kta