The Missing Persons Task Team: fleshing out the bones of the apartheid era

  • June 20, 2016 | Category: News

On a crisp winter’s evening, a group of people gathered around an open fire at Maropeng’s Hominid House to listen to a woman speak – archaeologically, anthropologically, politically and poignantly – about a team of people who work to uncover the remains of the many people who disappeared under the apartheid regime.

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Youth Day and Father’s Day at Maropeng

  • June 14, 2016 | Category: News

This week, we’re using Youth Day and Father’s Day to showcase the very best of what Maropeng has to offer.

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Telescopes – the real stars of stargazing

  • May 31, 2016 | Rebecca Nattar | Category: News

Looking up at the stars is a magical experience for most people, but it takes science and technology to make that magic happen. Below, Vincent Nettmann, Maropeng’s resident astronomer, sheds some light on stargazing and the science behind the all-powerful telescope.

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Kenya fossil discovery reveals hominin adaptability

  • May 23, 2016 | Christine Marot | Category: News

A new fossil discovery outside the Kenyan capital of Nairobi shows that early hominin species were more adaptable to new environments than had been previously believed.

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Maropeng hosts first fireside talk with Madeleine Fullard

  • May 13, 2016

Maropeng is pleased to announce the launch of its fireside talks, with the first talk featuring Madeleine Fullard, head of the Missing Persons Task Team (MPTT) in the National Prosecuting Authority. Her talk, titled “Searching for lost bones. Bringing the lost ones home,” will take place on Wednesday 15 June.

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Old dog reveals new tricks

  • May 04, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

A well-preserved puppy discovered in Siberia could reveal clues about dog domestication.

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Creativity - humankind’s most defining characteristic

  • April 26, 2016 | Quathar Jacobs | Category: News

Has the human species always been able to fabricate new and original ideas, or was our prehistoric ancestor incapable of creativity?

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Stephen Hawking leads the charge to the stars

  • April 25, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

A new plan to reach our next nearest star system has just been announced.

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What’s on at Maropeng?

  • April 20, 2016

What’s on at Maropeng? In short: a lot. Join us for lunches, dinners and evenings gazing at the stars over the next few weeks.

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Galileo and the planets

  • April 01, 2016 | Category: News

In 1609, Galileo Galilei, became the first modern-day scientist when he turned his telescope towards the heavens. What did Galileo “see” that changed the way we humans perceive our universe? How much has our knowledge of cosmology progressed since Galileo’s time?

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