CRADLE OF HUMANKIND CRACKS TOP 12 EVOTOURISM™ DESTINATION LIST

  • January 01, 2012

Local World Heritage Site, The Cradle of Humankind, has been ranked as one of the Top 12 Evotourism™ destinations in the world, making it the only site in Africa to have made the list.

Evotourism™, the newly launched travel information service curated by Smithsonianmag.com., aims at helping science travellers find and fully enjoy the wonders of evolution through providing dynamic and expert scientific content.

The top 12 world-class Evotourism™ destinations span six continents and 500-million years and as one of the most fossil-rich sites in the world, most notably for hominid fossils The Cradle of Humankind is a worthy nominee.

“As the official visitor’s centre for The Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng is extremely honoured to be included as one of the top Evotourism™ destinations in the world. We look forward to welcoming all evolution-interested visitors from across the globe and I am confident our state-of-the-art facilities, extraordinary fossil displays and fascinating tours will leave a lasting impression,” says Tony Rubin, Managing Director of Maropeng.

The Cradle of Humankind’s international standing as a hotbed of fossil discovery began in 1924 following the discovery of the Taung Child by Professor Raymond Dart. The recent discoveries by Professor Lee Berger last year, of a new hominid species, did much to bolster the area’s reputation as one of the primary contributors in the ongoing search for pieces of the evolutionary puzzle.

The Evotourism™ site features profiles on both The Cradle of Humankind as well as the Maropeng Hotel. There is also a link to the Maropeng website and The Cradle of Humankind Flickr account.

Visitors to Maropeng will be able to enjoy the Kingdom of the Big Cats fossil display up until the end of February. It features a diverse range of original animal fossils discovered at Bolt’s Farm, the oldest fossil site in The Cradle of Humankind.


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