Raymond Dart, a professor at the University of Witerwatersrand in Johannesberg, South Africa, acquired a skull of an early human found at a quarry in Taung, South Africa. In 1925, Dart named it Australopithecus africanus. During years of studying the fossil, Dart hypothesized that the species was in between humans and apes. His theory was widely rejected by the scientific community in the 1920s and it was not until the 1940s that Dart's ideas were accepted. This was one of the first discoveries of early hominid fossils.