Perseid meteor shower – a starry spectacle

  • August 25, 2015 | Category: News

Extra dark skies are the optimal viewing backdrop when it comes to stargazing – and that’s exactly what you want when there’s a Perseid meteor shower. These meteor showers are visible in the northern hemisphere and on a clear, moonless night you can spot up to 70 meteors per hour during it’s peak around 9 to 13 August.

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Peter Mhanaza: building dreams at Maropeng

  • August 25, 2015 | Kolosa Vuso | Category: News

In 2005, Maropeng – Setswana for “returning to the place of origin” – opened its doors to the public, inviting them to experience the birthplace of humankind. Ten years later, people are still discovering their path to humanity.

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Evidence of the earliest baboon found in the Cradle

  • August 24, 2015 | Category: News

Scientists have discovered the oldest baboon fossils ever found in the world, at the Malapa excavation site in the Cradle of Humankind.

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A world first is coming to Maropeng

  • August 19, 2015

There is nothing quite like the experience of seeing a fossil emerge from rock that it has been buried in, underground, for millions of years. Now, for the first time ever, people from all over the world will get to watch the meticulous process of uncovering the clues that are helping us understand our origins. A virtual lab is coming to Maropeng!

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Social media love for #Maropeng

  • August 17, 2015

Our fans on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have been sharing their memorable moments at Maropeng. Here are some of the highlights.

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End the year off in style at Maropeng

  • August 03, 2015

It’s nearing that time of the year when companies begin planning their end-of-year parties to thank their employees for another year of hard work. Make your yours both fun and meaningful at Maropeng this year.

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Maropeng’s #MandelaDay project at Maloney’s Eye

  • July 28, 2015

A team from Maropeng refurbished the food garden at Maloney’s Eye Primary School as part of our Mandela Day activities this year. This will form part of a longer-term project to help the local community produce its own food.

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Researchers rally to protect Sibudu Cave

  • July 27, 2015 | Lyn Wadley, University of the Witwatersrand

Researchers from around the world are making a plea for the protection of a rock shelter in KwaZulu Natal, in which some of the world’s oldest examples of sea-shell beads, use of herbal medicine, and preserved plant bedding have been found.

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Earth-like planet spotted by Nasa

  • July 24, 2015

Space agency Nasa’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered a new “Earth-like” planet orbiting a star similar to our sun, some 1 400 light years away in the constellation Cygnus.

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Campfires, stories and thought

  • July 20, 2015 | Sarah Came

It has been postulated that fire aided in human development in more ways than just allowing us to cook meat. Some experts believe that fire prompted the development of language, with the sharing of ideas and stories happening around a campfire – as they do to this day.

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