Did You Know

Did you know 1

“The Cradle of Humankind is one of South Africa’s eight World Heritage Sites. It was awarded WHS status in 1999 and is the only World Heritage Site in Gauteng.”

Did you know 2

“The Taung Child was discovered by Raymond Dart in 1924 at the Buxton Limeworks near Taung in the North-West Province. This was the first hominid fossil ever discovered in Africa. Dart called it Australopithecus africanus (the “southern ape of Africa”).”

Did you know 3

“A specimen of Australopithecus africanus named “Mrs Ples” was discovered by Dr Robert Broom and John Robinson at the Sterkfontein Caves in 1947.”

Did you know 4

“Specimens of Paranthropus robustus were discovered at Swartkrans in 1948. Paranthropus had massive jaws for crushing and grinding hard foods such as roots, seeds and hard berries. Paranthropus robustus lived almost 2-million years ago.”

Did you know 5

“The Maropeng Visitor Centre and new visitor facilities at Sterkfontein Caves were opened in 2005. In their first five years, they collectively welcomed more than 1-million visitors.”

Did you know 6

“The Maropeng Visitor Centre and Sterkfontein Caves employ about 100 people, many from the local communities.”

Did you know 7

“The Maropeng Visitor Centre maintains its own “artificial’ wetland system, called an “SSF CWS” – Subsurface Flow Constructed Wetland System – which is specially designed to naturally assist in the filtering and cleansing of the site’s grey and black water.”

Did you know 8

“Excavations for fossils began at the Sterkfontein Caves only after extensive quarrying for white stalagmite took place in the early 20th Century. The stalagmite was in high demand from the mining industry due to its high lime content.”

Did you know 8

“Palaeontologists study animal and plant fossils; palaeoanthropologists study prehistoric culture and the anatomy of hominids and the environment in which they lived; archaeologists study material cultural remains (such as artifacts) of ancient peoples; palaeoecologists study ancient climates by analysing plant and fossil remains.”