Magel van de Venter says goodbye to Maropeng

  • February 27, 2015

Maropeng bade a sad farewell today to a well-loved figure who has been at the helm of the iconic site’s educational efforts over the past eight years. Magel van de Venter, who is retiring, has left an indelible mark through her efforts to bring schools to the visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind.

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Walking human history

  • February 27, 2015 | Andrea Weiss | Category: News

He’s two years into a seven-year, 48 000km journey to walk the evolutionary journey of humans out of Africa. Meet Paul Salopek, an extraordinary journalist.

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Maropeng to take part in Meetings Africa

  • February 23, 2015 | Category: News

Meetings Africa and Maropeng celebrated a decade this year, and for Maropeng, celebrations continue.

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Maropeng assists young girls at Maloney’s Eye Primary School

  • February 20, 2015 | Lynette Johns | Category: News

Did you know that more than two million girls in South Africa are forced to miss a week of school every month because they have no access to sanitary products? It’s a sad, rarely talked about reality that Maropeng is helping to change at a local primary school in Krugersdorp.

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South Africans part of Mars 100

  • February 19, 2015 | Category: News

A non-profit organisation, Mars One, has shortlisted 100 people from across the world to be part of its ambitious project to start a human settlement on Mars. Four South Africans are on the list. Mars One wants to send its first manned mission to Mars in 2024.

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Rare skull sheds new light on human history

  • February 18, 2015 | Andrea Weiss

A rare find in the Manot Cave in Israel throws fresh light on the story of human evolution.

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Harry the Hominid interviews astronomer Vincent Nettmann

  • February 16, 2015 | Andrea Weiss

Harry the Hominid in conversation with Maropeng’s resident astronomer, Vincent Nettman, about our night sky.

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Why we love who we love – according to science

  • February 13, 2015 | Lynnette Johns | Category: News

Have you ever wondered how and why you fall in love with who you do? Professor Helen Fisher, a world-renowned American anthropologist and human behaviour researcher, may have the answers.

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Blombos Cave to feature in Canadian documentary

  • February 08, 2015 | Category: News

A three-part Canadian documentary about the survival of Homo sapiens has turned the spotlight on Blombos Cave, in the Southern Cape. Marine shell beads, engraved ochre and bone tools that date back 75 000 years were found at the site, suggesting that modern human behaviour originated in Southern Africa.

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Hominin House goes greener than ever

  • February 05, 2015 | Daphney Mngomeni | Category: News

Hominin House – the revamped dormitory-style, budget accommodation at Maropeng – has gone greener than ever thanks to recent upgrades and renovations.

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