About us

The Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) is a Johannesburg-based public benefit organisation that is dedicated to the mission of protecting, preserving and promoting the scientific evidence for our shared origins in Africa and to making this evidence valuable to the future of humankind.

Since 1994, we have brought together scientists, business, government and communities to support research, education and public awareness in the sciences related to our origins.


Our vision is to inspire scientific curiosity and an appreciation for ancient heritage among Africa’s youth, and to develop global scientific leadership by African origin scientists.

Development of Africa’s fossil heritage for the benefit of the continent requires coordination and equitable distribution of private, corporate and government support for the creation of sustainable origin sciences education, research and public understanding programmes. We are dedicated to excellence and effectiveness in all areas of our operations.