#SciChat is a mini interview-series on the African counterparts of our IRD, CNRS or Cirad French scientists leading research in the region (Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean). For this third video, we listened to Lazarus Kgasi, palaeontologist and laboratory manager at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. 

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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