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Five rea­sons why Maropeng needs to be on your itin­er­ary this December

Putting togeth­er hol­i­day plans? Here are five rea­sons why Maropeng should def­i­nite­ly be on your list of things to do …


Lit­tle Foot’ offers lessons for the mod­ern world

Pro­fes­sor Ron Clarke talked to us about the sig­nif­i­cance of the most com­plete Aus­tralo­p­ithe­cus skele­ton ever found. Lit­tle Foot” was unveiled at Maropeng for an event on the side­lines of the BRICS Sum­mit last week.

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All sys­tems go for his­toric exhi­bi­tion at Maropeng

Sci­en­tists and researchers are busy putting fin­ish­ing touch­es on a world-first exhi­bi­tion set to be unveiled at Maropeng on Thurs­day. The Almost Human exhi­bi­tion will be the largest-ever pub­lic dis­play of hominin fos­sils in the world.

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His­toric new Homo nale­di dis­cov­er­ies unveiled at Maropeng

A new his­toric chap­ter of the Homo nale­di saga has been unveiled at Maropeng today. Sci­en­tists from around the world, who were behind the land­mark dis­cov­ery of the new species, Homo nale­di in 2015, have announced new dis­cov­er­ies from the Ris­ing Star Cave sys­tem – the rich­est fos­sil hominin site in Africa.

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WATCH: Pro­fes­sor Lee Berg­er explains the new Homo nale­di discovery

Sci­en­tists today announced a ground­break­ing new Homo nale­di dis­cov­ery at Maropeng. Watch Ris­ing Star expe­di­tion leader Pro­fes­sor Lee Berg­er explain the new finds.

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Homo nale­di dis­cov­ery hailed as one of 2015’s sci­en­tif­ic milestones

Sci­en­tists and researchers all over our amaz­ing plan­et are con­stant­ly mak­ing new dis­cov­er­ies that will impact the lives of the 7.3-billion humans who occu­py Earth.
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Musi­cal farewell for Homo nale­di

All roads led to Maropeng this week­end as hun­dreds of vis­i­tors turned out for the Nale­di Farewell Con­cert, held on the final day of the huge­ly pop­u­lar five-week Homo nale­di exhibition. 
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More research into Dinale­di find reveals fas­ci­nat­ing details

The lat­est papers on Homo nale­di, pub­lished in sci­en­tif­ic jour­nal Nature Com­mu­ni­ca­tions recent­ly, take a clos­er look at the fos­silised hands and feet. Thanks to the fos­sils’ loca­tion, deep inside an almost-inac­ces­si­ble cave known as the Dinale­di Cham­ber, they have been spec­tac­u­lar­ly pre­served, and thus are ide­al spec­i­mens for study.
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What Can We Learn From Homo naledi’s Skull?

From the tip of the jaw to the top of the head, remains from five nale­di skulls pro­vide tan­ta­liz­ing ear­ly hints about the lives of these new­ly found ancient human relatives.
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Homo naledi’s Nike-Ready Foot

See how ear­ly in the exca­va­tion, a sin­gle ankle bone was able to show researchers that Homo nale­di was walk­ing com­fort­ably on two feet.
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Homo naledi’s Pow­er­ful Hand Up Close

With an incred­i­bly mus­cu­lar thumb and curved fin­gers for pow­er­ful grip­ping, the new­ly found Homo nale­di could have giv­en today’s rock climbers like Alex Hon­nold a run (or a climb) for their money.
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How the Nale­di Team Solved a 1,550-Piece Puzzle

With Africa’s largest hominin fos­sil find unearthed and in the lab, Lee Berg­er called in experts and ear­ly-career sci­en­tists for an inno­v­a­tive work­shop to fig­ure out just what they’d found.

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The day Homo nale­di took over the world

News of humankind’s newest ances­tor, Homo nale­di, took the world by storm yes­ter­day. Fos­sils of the new human ances­tor were released at Maropeng on Thurs­day. Excite­ment mount­ed as the news took over social media chan­nels and the world’s top new sites. Here’s a snap­shot of the excitement. 
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Homo nale­di: 1,500 Fos­sils Rev­o­lu­tion­ize Human Fam­i­ly Tree

Two years after being dis­cov­ered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fos­sils exca­vat­ed dur­ing the Ris­ing Star Expe­di­tion have been iden­ti­fied as belong­ing to a pre­vi­ous­ly unknown ear­ly human rel­a­tive that sci­en­tists have named Homo naledi.”

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Sci­en­tists announce ground­break­ing dis­cov­ery at Maropeng

The world’s eyes are on Maropeng, where a team of sci­en­tists from around the world have announced the dis­cov­ery of a new species, Homo nale­di. An intrigu­ing ancient species, that it seems, was aware of its own mor­tal­i­ty, a trait that has been thought to be unique to humans.

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WATCH LIVE: His­to­ry in the mak­ing at Maropeng

A team of sci­en­tists from around the world is mak­ing a ground break­ing announce­ment at Maropeng this morn­ing. Watch it live here.