A sneak peek into the treasures of the Bernard Price Institute – fossil display at Maropeng

  • July 01, 2012

Maropeng is teaming up with the Bernard Price Institute (BPI) of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to give you a sneak peek into their treasure chest of original fossils. Come and meet some familiar friends – and some new ones.

Wits is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, and Maropeng is delighted to celebrate this by displaying a wide variety of palaeontological gems. The centrepiece of the collection is the 195-million-year-old clutch of dinosaur eggs – the oldest fossilised dinosaur eggs in the world. But this is just one fossil that will catch the eye – one from an extensive collection that will impress both regular and new Maropeng visitors.

The BPI was established by philanthropist Dr Bernard Price, in 1945, in response to a plea made by renowned palaeoanthropologist Professor Robert Broom, who called for an institute to allow for the collection, study and preservation of fossils found in South Africa.

Today the BPI houses fossils from all corners of the land, and you can catch a glimpse of these rarities at Maropeng. You will also be treated to an account of the BPI, its history and its value for the palaeoscience community and the public alike.

There are exciting fossils for palaeontology  enthusiasts. For the first time at Maropeng you will be able to see parts of Aardonyx,never seen at Maropeng before  which has taught scientists a great deal about how early dinosaurs walked. From big to small all have a wonderful story to tell!

Other fossils on display include: Erythrosuchus, Gorgonopsian, Massospondylus, Dicynodonts, Antetonitrus, Saurapodomorph, Therocephalian and Labidosaurus (an amphibian).

There is much to see, so join us at Maropeng from 19 July 2012.

Issued for and on behalf of Maropeng by Cathy Findley Public Relations on (011) 463 6372 or email nicolle@findleypr.co.za

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