Welcome to the website version of the PAST All From One™ exhibition.

The physical version of the exhibition opened on 10 November 2015 and is touring South Africa. It has thus far stood outside the Standard Bank offices in Rosebank, Johannesburg, the Soweto Theatre in Soweto, the Iziko Museum in Cape Town, Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind outside Johannesburg and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg.

The exhibition is a striking structure recalling both a DNA double helix and the skeletons of two large prehistoric animals. A smaller, reconfigured version of the exhibition was produced as part of the South African Treasures exhibition at the United Nation's World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly in Geneva in October 2016.

The All From One™ exhibition draws on scientific evidence about our shared human origins and the shared origins of all life forms in order to challenge commonly held ideas about humankind and our place in nature.

You will see that you are unique, but that you share strong bonds of similarity with all other people, based on a deeply rooted common humanity. As a species, you will see we are but one twig among millions on the tree of life that sustains us all.

All told, you will see that shared origins is a potent force for tolerance, unity, collaboration and conservation.

Learn more about the four pillars of the PAST All From One™ exhibition.


Learn more about Tolerance.


Learn more about Unity.


Learn more about Collaboration.


Learn more about Conservation.


Producers and concept creators: Andrea Leenen and Prof. Robert Blumenschine, Paleontological Scientific Trust

Exhibition: Trace

Content writers: Robert Blumenschine, Andrea Leenen, Lauren Segal

Curator: Lauren Segal

Designer: Nabeel Essa

Graphic Design: Josie Theron and Shannon Davis

Design Advisors: Clive van den Berg & Carina Comrie

Project Manager: Carol Sviridov

Text Editor: Sandy Shoolman

Scientific Advisors: Prof. Michele Ramsey, Prof. Himla Soodyall, Prof. Jody Hey, Prof. Nina Jablonski, Dr. George Chaplin, Prof. Anthony Barnosky, John Gurche

Be a part of the exploration.

PAST is a certified Non-Profit Organisation.

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