Welcome to
a new era in Palaeoscience.

Where we’re breaking down barriers between people, disciplines, industries and borders. Sharing ideas, resources and skills. Inviting the world to join us in building a future worth preserving.

We are GENUS.

Knowledge centre. Network leader. Explorer.

GENUS is a collective knowledge hub and inclusive network for Palaeosciences in Africa. Dedicated to studying the origins of species, we see beyond the science to inspire researchers and citizens to find meaning in the past and inform our decisions for a better future.

With South Africa’s unmatched fossil and archaeological record at our feet, we enable ground-breaking discoveries that move Palaeosciences forward, encourage cross-discipline collaboration, and make knowledge accessible to all.

Through our broad international and local network,
we provide access to a valuable repository of tools, information, funding, technology and support. This empowers emerging researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and postgraduate students to further their research, grow their network and contribute to discovering sustainable solutions for society and the environment.

What we do

We’re on a mission to find answers to humanity's most important questions. And everyone is invited.

Where do we come from? What is the story of life? How much more is there to discover? And how can our past impact the world as we know it today and in generations to come?

These are the questions that drive us every day. Keeping us curious. Inspiring us to dig deeper and discover more. Encouraging us to work together to make a boundless impact in our lifetime.

It’s why we invest in people, programmes and research that move the Palaeosciences forward, empower transformation, inspire South Africans, and find solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.
Together, we can make a significant impact

What we stand for

What does it take to make a real difference?

We believe in a world where everyone has a role to play in preserving the future of our planet. From researchers, collaborators and partner institutions to ordinary citizens, aspiring students and young children, we aim to break down barriers and make a real contribution to a more hopeful future.

Igniting Wonder

We capture imaginations and spark curiosity, opening minds to the limitless world that still needs to be explored.

Fuelling Discovery

We support our network with the resources and partners required to make groundbreaking discoveries.

Driving Inclusivity

We create an open culture of collaboration that represents the rich diversity of South Africa.

Enabling Real Impact

We empower our network to make a boundless impact – not only in the world of science but the bigger story of life itself.

Research Goals

Laying a solid foundation for the future of Palaeosciences in South Africa.

Together with our unrivalled geographic advantage, exceptional fossil collection and diverse network, we have the right priorities, people and initiatives in place to achieve our research goals.

Propel New Research Areas

Enable Human Development

Improve Infrastructure

Fuel Discovery

Ignite Wonder
and Educate for the Future

Engage with Indigenous Knowledge

Why Palaeoscience

Learning from the past to inform the future.

Understanding the evolution of life is central to the way we view our planet, ourselves and those around us.

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