NEW CHILDRENS BOOK AND WEBSITE TO FOCUS SPOTLIGHT ON MAROPENG
A new children’s book, A Skull In the Rock - a collaboration between Professor Lee Berger, paleoanthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand and well-known children’s author, Marc Aronson – will focus the spotlight on the Maropeng Visitors Centre as it deals with a discovery of the first fossils at the Malapa Cave site, unearthed by Berger’s son, Matthew.
“We welcome any initiative that that will educate future generations about the origins of mankind, which aligns very closely with Maropeng’s objectives,” says Managing Director for Maropeng, Tony Rubin. He is confident the book will serve as further enticement for learners and visitors to Maropeng, cementing the centre’s status as a top Gauteng tourism and educational attraction.
Professor Berger, who is renowned for his discovery of first Australopithecus sediba fossils within the Cradle of Humankind – of which Maropeng forms an integral part as the visitor’s gateway, worked with Aronson to write the book recording Matthew’s adventures and subsequent discoveries.
“We hope that the book, as well as the new website created as a companion site to the book –www. scimania.org – will encourage children to engage with the ideas of exploration, discovery and, of course, palaeoanthropology,” says Professor Berger. The website offers images, media, teaching aids and a discussion forum for hot topics in science.
Facilities at Maropeng include an award-winning visitor centre, a 24-bedroom 4-star Boutique hotel, conference facilities for smaller niche corporate groups, an outdoor amphitheatre housing up to 10000 people, budget accommodation at the Hominid House, and four restaurants.
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