Children in bright blue uniforms from Maloney’s Eye Primary School jostled with anticipation as they tried to get to the front to see what was happening in the newly prepared gardens. An area of the school grounds had been cleared by the Maropeng team, and old car tyres had been strategically placed in preparation for planting vegetables.Read more
When the Maropeng Visitor Centre opened its doors to the public on December 7, 2005, five of the current staff members were there to witness this monumental occasion. Yesterday, September 22, these staff were honoured with a long service award.Read more
Brucellosis is an infectious bacterial disease characterised by fever, malaise and headaches. It causes a flu-like illness in humans and is also know to affect animals such as cattle and sheep. Humans can contract the virus from these animals, either through eating the meat or through dairy products produced from infected animals’ milk.Read more
Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind offers visitors the chance to see, firsthand, where humankind originated from. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa.Read more
This week’s photo essay sets its sights on the beauty of the Maropeng landscape.
The evolving landscape of the Cradle of Humankind is today dominated by the Rocky Highveld Grassland, which supports a great diversity of plants and animals, some of which are rare and endangered.
Maropeng is the official Visitors’ Centre of the Cradle of Humankind, which was one of South Africa’s first three World Heritage Sites, declared in 1999. The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site because of the exceptional record of hominid fossils discovered here, which reveal much about human evolution over the past 3-million years or so. More than 1000 hominid fossils have been discovered in this area – more than anywhere else on Earth. Among them are the famous Australopithecus fossils, the “Taung Child”, “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”.Read more
This week’s photo essay features the amazing Visitor Centre exhibition.
The exhibition is self-guided and can take anything from one to seven hours, depending on your level of interest and time availability. It is highly interactive and enjoyable, and will engage visitors of all ages. Over weekends and public holidays guided tours are conducted regularly at no additional cost. Ask the ticket office upon arrival when the next tour will commence.Read more
Maropeng staff celebrated the start of spring and Arbour Week yesterday by planting two olive trees, one on either side of the entrance.
Arbour Day was first celebrated on the September 1 1983 and in 1999 the South African government decided to extend it to Arbour Week, celebrated between September 1 and 7.Read more
Maropeng launched a new fossil display today, September 2, 2009, entitled Evolution: digging for an understanding. The display illustrates and explains the theory of evolution which was made famous by Charles Darwin.. In particular, Charles Darwin provided a mechanism for evolution, namely natural selection.
“The display tells a story,” says Lindsay Marshall, the exhibition curator at Maropeng. The exhibition aims to provide clear and understandable information to help educate and inform the public on evolution.Read more
This week’s photo essay features the famous Sterkfontein Caves.
The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. They are credited with many famous discoveries, including “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than 3-million years.Read more