Quotable quotes

“I knew I would never enter the cave.” – Professor Lee Berger, Research Professor in Human Evolution at the University of the Witwatersrand

“It truly is a treasure trove of bones.” – Professor Lee Berger

“This is something not human, but it’s behaving in a way that is human.” – Professor Darryl de Ruiter, Professor of Anthropology at the Texas A&M University

“This is a very small sample of what lived in the past. What more can we look forward to finding?” – Professor Darryl de Ruiter

“It’s been two years of not being able to talk about what we found.” – John Hawks, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and palaeoanthropology blogger

“This has been a process that has tested the boundaries of the field that we work in.” – John Hawks

“This discovery is very, very exciting. It is a creature related to us, but is not us. We have to rethink what we know.” – Dr Peter Schmidt, palaeoanthropologist

“After just three days of excavations at the site they needed another safe to store all the fossils that were coming out of the cave. Eventually there were four safes down there.” – Peter Schmidt

“Every day when we came out of the cave and sat around the campfire it was 'really, did we just pull out a hundred fossils?’.” – Marina Elliott, Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand

“This find is likely lifetimes of work for hundreds of scientists.” – Marina Elliott