Historic new Homo naledi discoveries unveiled at Maropeng

A new historic chapter of the Homo naledi saga has been unveiled at Maropeng today. Scientists from around the world, who were behind the landmark discovery of the new species, Homo naledi in 2015, have announced new discoveries from the Rising Star Cave system – the richest fossil hominin site in Africa.

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WATCH: Professor Lee Berger explain the new Homo naledi discovery

  • May 09, 2017

Scientists have announced groundbreaking new Homo naledi at Maropeng today. Watch Rising Star expedition leader, Professor Lee Berger explain the new finds

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How old is Little Foot really?

  • April 24, 2017 | Rebecca Nattar

Little Foot, the almost complete, fossilised skeleton of an early form of the human ancestor Australopithecus, was hailed as one of the most remarkable discoveries ever in the field of palaeoanthropology when it was found deep inside a Sterkfontein cave. Recent scrutiny by experts made Little Foot the oldest known hominid from the Cradle of Humankind.

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Easter at Maropeng

  • April 10, 2017 | Rebecca Nattar

Easter at Maropeng is always an eggciting experience, especially for the little ones, and it makes for a remarkable family day out with plenty of activities for adults, too. This Easter, while egg hunts and catching up with the Easter bunny keep the kids entertained, the grown-ups can enjoy a beer garden, a live outdoor theatre performance and lovely meals created by our gastronomy trained Executive Chef Peter Langa.

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All from One exhibition extends its stay at Maropeng

  • March 20, 2017 | Rebecca Nattar

The Cradle of Humankind is the one place from which all of humankind originated – how fitting then that the Palaeontological Scientific Trust’s All from One exhibition and campaign has extended its stay at Maropeng until the end of April.

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10 questions about OSIRIS-REx, the world’s latest asteroid-sampling mission

  • March 13, 2017 | Stuart Buchanan

On 8 September 2016, NASA embarked on its first asteroid-sampling mission, OSIRIS-REx, with a successful launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

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Maropeng stars in this ‘cosmic’ Johnny Clegg music video

  • March 06, 2017 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

Have you seen the music video for Johnny Clegg’s Take My Heart Away remix, released last year?

If not, check it out here – it’s a beautiful story of a young township boy who dreams big and aims for the stars.

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Attention all twitchers! Spend a weekend birdwatching at Maropeng

  • March 01, 2017 | Category: News

Maropeng, the official visitor centre for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, is fast becoming a popular spot for those interested in birdkind.

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Join us for our Sunday Carvery

  • February 20, 2017 | Category: News

Join us every Sunday until 7 May 2017 for a delicious carvery special!

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Head or heart, stargazing touches us all

  • February 13, 2017 | Rebecca Nattar

Whether you believe in the power of the stars and planets or are one of those who simply enjoys marvelling at the night sky while pondering the science of it all, the fact is that astronomy has had a very real impact on human minds.

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