Rave reviews for the #NalediFossils

  • September 15, 2015

Thousands of visitors have streamed into Maropeng to visit fossils of the world’s newest species, Homo naledi, since the stunning discovery was announced to the world last week. Here’s what they have been saying on social media.

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The day Homo naledi took over the world

News of humankind’s newest ancestor, Homo naledi, took the world by storm yesterday. Fossils of the new human ancestor were released at Maropeng on Thursday. Excitement mounted as the news took over social media channels and the world’s top new sites. Here’s a snapshot of the excitement.

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Homo naledi: 1,500 Fossils Revolutionize Human Family Tree

Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that scientists have named “Homo naledi.”

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Scientists announce groundbreaking discovery at Maropeng

The world’s eyes are on Maropeng, where a team of scientists from around the world have announced the discovery of a new species, Homo naledi. An intriguing ancient species, that it seems, was aware of its own mortality, a trait that has been thought to be unique to humans.

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WATCH LIVE: History in the making at Maropeng

A team of scientists from around the world is making a ground breaking announcement at Maropeng this morning. Watch it live here.

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We’re a finalist in the Lilizela Tourism Awards!

  • September 03, 2015

A decade after we opened our doors, our award winning facilities are still picking up accolades. We’re thrilled that we’ve been named as finalists in four categories in the 2015 Lilizela Tourism Awards.

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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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