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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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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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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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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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