Evidence that highlights our African birthplace and our place in nature

Evidence that needs to be discovered, preserved and shared

Through research

We believe the origin sciences have a fundamental message to teach us about ourselves and our place in nature. That’s why PAST funds and backs African research and leadership within this science.


All people everywhere share common African origins. PAST runs schools-based educational programmes to teach our youth about our shared origins.

Public understanding

The transformative power of palaeontology’s message can’t be withheld from the world. That’s why PAST endeavours to communicate what we know and learn globally.