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Nonhlanhla Vilakazi

Country of origin: South Africa Currently in: South Africa, Johannesburg General field of specialization: Biological Systems and Organisms
Academic Background


2014 Doctorate Other
2008 Master Astronomy, Space and Earth Sciences
2006 Undergraduate Other
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Publications resulting from Research: 

Gommery, D., Senegas, F., Kgasi, L., Vilakazi, N., Kuhn, B., Brink, J., Pickford, M., Herries, A.I.R., Hancox, J., Saos, T., Segalen, L., Aufort, J. & Thackery, J.F. 2016. Bolt’s Farm Cave System in the Cradle of Humankind (South Africa): an example of multidisciplinary approach to the study of fossil primate sites. Revue de Primatologie 7: 1-30

Vilakazi, N., Gommery, D. & Kgasi, L. 2018. First fossil record of the spitting Elapidae in the Cradle of Humankind (South Africa). South African Archaeological Bulletin 73 (207): 35-40

Gommery, D., Kgasi, L., Sénégas, F., Vilakazi, N., Hancox J. and Brink. J. 2019. Waypoint 160: First in situ primate remain. Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 8: 1-5

Vilakazi, N. 2019. “Humble” knowledge in the Palaeosciences: Isn’t it time to Decolonise? South African Archaeological Bulletin 74 (211): 138-140

Pickford, M., Gommery, D., Kgasi, L., Vilakazi, N., Senut, B. & Mocke, H. 2019. Southern African Tetraconodontinae: Recent discoveries. Communications of the Geological Survey of Namibia 21: 59-81

Vilakazi, N., Gommery, D. & Kgasi, L. 2020. First Agaminae discovered at Brad Pit A, Bolt’s Farm Cave System (South Africa). Annals of the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History 9: 48-53

Kgasi, L., Vilakazi, N. & Sénégas, F. 2021. The effectiveness of fossil acid preparation at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History. South African Museum Association Bulletin. In press.

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
I teach Human Evolution and Palaeontology at the University of Johannesburg. I have also recently started supervising postgraduate students. I currently have three postgrad students (Hons, Master's and PhD). I also conduct research at one of the Cradle of Humankind sites called Bolt's Farm. I look and describe fossil reptiles around the area and how palaeo-environment can be reconstructed using these microfossils. We know that extant reptiles are indicator species and assist in understanding changes in the environment. Studying these fossils will assist in us understanding the environment our ancestors found themselves in and how it affected their lifestyle and perhaps how those changes influenced some of the evolutionary trends we have been seeing.


Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa

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