For this third interview with IRD and CNRS researchers and partners in the region, we met Lazarus Kgasi, a palaeontologist.

How did the animals we see today evolve in the last millions of years?

That’s a question Lazarus Kgasi is investigating every day!

Excavating a small piece of land in the Cradle of Humankind, near Johannesburg, gives him crucial answers on the evolution of the ecosystems. But what does a palaeontologist really do in the field? How does he spot bones in the rock, extract and study them?


Let’s chat with Lazarus, a palaeontologist at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History and at the University of Johannesburg Paleo-research Institute, and a long-term partner of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in South Africa!

Video created by the joint IRD-CNRS-Cirad office in Southern Africa, in partnership with the Embassy of France to South Africa, Ditsong: National Museum of Natural History and UJ Paleo-Research Institute.


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