Theory of evolution gains ground worldwide

  • July 03, 2009 | Category: News

A recent survey conducted by the British Council’s “Darwin Now” project suggests that there is increased global acceptance of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Darwin Now “celebrates the lasting impact of Darwin’s ideas about evolution” 150 years after the publication of his book Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Survey results were revealed on June 30 in London at the World Conference of Science Journalists. While the results do not show universal acceptance of Darwin’s theory, Darwinists are celebrating the global acknowledgment of the British naturalist and his work.

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Calling all jazz lovers

  • June 30, 2009 | Category: News

Join the Chromatics for jazzy Sunday lunches at the Maropeng Hotel, launching on July 4, 2009.

Established musicians Michael Ramasimont and Bareng Seilane make up this jazz duo. Maropeng Marketing Manager Erica Saunders says, “We auditioned a lot of bands, but really liked their sound.”

The Chromatics, influenced by jazz greats Duke Ellington and Sergio Mendes, produce a mixture of old school and modern jazz.

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Possible early human turns out to be unknown ape

  • June 25, 2009

The Longgupo jaw, a controversial fossil find which scientists claimed represented an unknown type of hominid, has been shown to originate from ape, rather than human, descendants.

Scientist Russell Ciochon made headlines in the 1980s when he discovered a 2-million-year-old fossil jaw bone in a cave in central China, seemingly belonging to an unknown hominid. Then, in the mid-1990s, Ciochon theorised that his discovery represented a wholly unknown species predating the appearance of Homo erectus in Asia by roughly 1-million years.

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Saving the world one carpool at a time

Local weatherman and environmentalist Simon Gear has written an excellent book to help us live greener lives. Going Green: 365 Ways to Change our World is a day-by-day guide to reducing your carbon footprint and leading a more sustainable life.

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A recipe for success – Adelaide Sebotoma

  • June 17, 2009

Adelaide Sebotoma’s life prospects seemed a little gloomy to her after she left school, but then she got a job as pastry chef at Maropeng’s Tumulus Restaurant. And the cherry on the top is that she is now enrolled in a cookery course.

“My life has changed a lot since I started working at Maropeng. I have been given the chance to go back to school.

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New York and South African learners go back to their origins

  • June 05, 2009

Maropeng’s underground boat ride was a highlight for a number of learners visiting Johannesburg this week as guests of 46664, Nelson Mandela’s HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.

These learners, who were carefully selected through competitions in the United States and South Africa, were bought together to learn about Mr Mandela’s leadership legacy. They even had the opportunity to meet Mr Mandela earlier in the week.

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Maropeng sponsors National Geographic Young Conservationists Competition

  • June 03, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng, as the sponsor of the National Geographic Kids magazine’s Young Conservationists Competition, is encouraging children to think about their environment and the impact that they have on it.

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Maropeng offers Swartkrans walking tours

  • May 25, 2009

Maropeng is happy to announce that we will be hosting our popular Swartkrans walking tours again in 2009. Swartkrans, one of the Cradle’s richest fossil sites, is usually closed to the public. But on these tours, small groups will have a rare opportunity to observe an active archaeological dig and will be guided around the site by scientist Morris Sutton, who is currently excavating there.

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Win movie tickets and watch our new cinema advert

  • May 22, 2009

Maropeng is offering five lucky readers the chance to see history come to life in A Night At The Museum 2 at the IMAX cinema in Menlyn, Pretoria.

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Scientists suggest new find is the “missing link”

  • May 20, 2009

A remarkable fossil, believed to show the missing link between primates and other animals, was unveiled by scientists in New York on May 19, 2009.

Scientists are calling the 47-million-year-old fossil – which is believed to be female – “Ida”. Her scientific name is Darwinius masillae, in honour of Darwin’s 200th birthday, which was celebrated on February 12, 2009.

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