The dis­cov­ery

The 2013 dis­cov­ery of Homo nale­di made head­lines around the world. The fos­sil assem­blage from the Dinale­di Cham­ber is one of the largest hominin finds in his­to­ry. It is remark­able for the num­ber of fos­sils, the qual­i­ty of preser­va­tion, and how many dif­fer­ent indi­vid­u­als are rep­re­sent­ed. These fos­sils chal­lenge us to take anoth­er look at what it means to be human.

The Almost Human exhib­it at The Gallery at the Maropeng Vis­i­tor Cen­tre will allow you to:

Jour­ney under­ground through the Ris­ing Star Cave.

Explore the dis­cov­ery, exca­va­tion, and sci­en­tif­ic inter­pre­ta­tion of Homo nale­di.

Meet the fam­i­ly as you come face to face with the orig­i­nal fos­sils that tell the tale of our com­mon history. 

And, under­stand where Homo nale­di fits into the broad­er human story.

The Ris­ing Star cave system

9 Entrance To The Rising Star Cave System  Cc Wits University
(Image: Wits Uni­ver­si­ty)

Entrance to the Ris­ing Star cave system

The Ris­ing Star Cave takes its name from a remark­able cham­ber of star-like sta­lac­tite for­ma­tions. Sta­lac­tites” are formed when cal­ci­um car­bon­ate dis­solved in water drips from the ceil­ing of the cave, cre­at­ing ici­cle-look­ing structures. 

The Ris­ing Star Cave lies just south­west of well-known sites with­in the 47,000-hectare Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site.