CHINESE DELEGATES VISIT MAROPENG AS EXCITING NEW FOSSIL DISCOVERY IS ANNOUNCED

  • July 02, 2012

July 13 saw a group of Chinese delegates visit Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves as part of a special tour for the promotion of Gauteng-China cultural relations. The delegates included the Chairperson of the Committee for Learning, Cultural and Historical Data, Mr Guanglin Chen, members of the Chinese embassy, and several visitors from the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference.

“Our Chinese visitors timed their visit perfectly because at the same time, live at the Shanghai Museum of Science and Technology, Professor Lee Berger announced an exciting new fossil discovery found inside a rock at the local Malapa fossil site,” says Tony Rubin, Managing Director at Maropeng. “During the broadcast Professor Berger also gave details on the brand new laboratory that will be set up at Maropeng to accommodate the removal of the fossil from the rock. The ‘studio-lab’ will allow for fossil excavations to be broadcast live to a few major museums around the world, and visitors to these museums will have the ability to interact with the scientists, and possibly even operate robotic cameras in the lab.” The design of the ‘studio-lab’ is currently being done, and it will be put in place as soon as all of the digital lines are completed.

At the end of their tour the Chinese delegates addressed the group that was gathered in Shanghai via Skype. “The delegates thoroughly enjoyed their time at Maropeng and especially enjoyed a special talk on the history of Mrs Ples conducted by renowned Professors Francis Thackeray and Ron Clarke. They were very excited to be able to tell their colleagues in Shanghai first-hand of their experience at Maropeng and the Cradle,” concludes Rubin.

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