Lecturer, University of Cape Town
Robyn is an isotope geochemist with leanings towards palaeoanthropology and archaeology. Her research seeks to understand where and most importantly when our early human ancestors evolved and what their environments were like. She has spent the last decade developing the U-series technique to date carbonates associated with early human fossils. Which her friends like to tease her means she basically dates cavemen.
As a species, we humans have always been fascinated in where we came from. Initially, it was believed humans couldnt have originated from Africa. That misconception began to shift slowly from 1925, when the modern...