How looking 250-million years into the past could save modern species

  • July 26, 2016 | Category: News

More than 250-million years ago, something huge happened to the Earth: the Permo-Triassic Mass Extinction (PTME), which wiped out almost all of the planet’s species. Now a group of scientists has uncovered important details about how the event’s survivors adapted in a harsh, drought-stricken stretch of South Africa.

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Journey to the moon with Maropeng

  • July 13, 2016 | Category: News

Join us at our July stargazing event as we commemorate the first human lunar landing on 20 July 1969.

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Remarkable footage emerges from NASA’s Juno mission

  • July 08, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan

After five long years journeying through the vastness of space, NASA’s Juno spacecraft is revealing details about the biggest planet in our solar system: Jupiter.

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How the Rising Star cave system was mapped in 3D

  • June 29, 2016 | Category: News

A new paper has been published about the pioneering use of 3D scanning technology in the discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.

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

  • June 20, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | 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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