Johannesburg – The University of the Witwatersrand expressed sadness on Thursday at the news of leading South African palaeo-anthropologist Phillip Tobias’ death.


Phillip Vallentine Tobias (14 October 1925 – 7 June 2012) was a South African palaeoanthropologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He is best known for his pioneering work at South Africa‘s famous hominid fossil sites, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on the evolution of humankind.