Harry the Hominid at Cradlestone Mall

Not the type of hominid to miss out on developments taking place in his territory, Maropeng’s much-loved resident and friendly mascot, Harry the Hominid, is currently visiting Cradlestone Mall.

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The evolution of the ‘brrr factor’: hominin development in cold weather

Human evolution coincided with long periods of severe environmental changes, including massive shifts in temperature. When tracing our origins in a place like Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind Heritage site, especially on a winter morning with ice in the air, one has to wonder how humans with their rather pitiful pelts did in fact manage to survive through so many centuries of cold.

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Reading-the-bones research streamlined with new AMS laboratory

  • August 25, 2014 | Category: News

An Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (AMS) laboratory, a first for the continent, is set to establish South Africa as a leader in global accelerator-based research.

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Earth is into its sixth mass extinction, say scientists

It is generally accepted in the scientific community that our planet has experienced at least five mass extinctions since life began, and that the sixth has already begun.

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Modern development threatens Northern Cape prehistoric site

  • August 18, 2014 | Category: News

Modern-day growth is threatening to isolate thousands of ancient relics at one of South Africa’s richest early prehistoric sites in the Northern Cape.

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Recycle tins and cans, says Harry the Hominid

Recycling food tins and beverage cans makes good “cents”, says Harry the Hominid. “Not only does recycling save the environment, but it can earn you a little pocket money too.”

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Skeletons in the closet: Maropeng Murder Mystery

Join forensic anthropology expert Dr Patrick Randolph-Quinney and Maropeng’s Bone Detective, Brendon Billings, for an evening of murder, mystery and forensic anthropology at Maropeng this August.

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Some mind-blowing facts about our galactic home, the Milky Way

  • August 11, 2014 | Stuart Dickinson

From the far reaches of space, the galaxy we call home is but a pinprick of light set against the vast obsidian backdrop of the universe. Amazing, then, to think that it contains some 200-billion stars and stretches about 100 000 light years across in diameter.

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Uncovering the origins of science and technology in Africa: Professor Lyn Wadley talks complex cogni

  • August 07, 2014 | Category: News

Professor Emeritus Lyn Wadley’s talk on Stone Age tools and interpreting the cognitive abilities of Stone Age humans was a highlight of National Science Week, a celebration of all things scientific and wonderful at Wits University from 4 to 9 August 2014.

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