Discover 80 years of research that changed our understanding of humanity’s origins

  • November 04, 2016 | Category: News

The discovery Dr Robert Broom, a palaeontologist from the Transvaal Museum, made after he was handed a fossilised brain in 1936 changed the palaeontology profession forever.

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Host your year-end event at Maropeng

  • October 24, 2016 | Category: News

Had a long year? Go back to your roots, replenish your soul, celebrate your achievements and host your year-end event at Maropeng.

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Maropeng hosts inaugural Pinknic event

  • October 14, 2016 | Category: News

The LGBTI community in South Africa and the Chevrolet Feather Awards are celebrating Pride Month by hosting the inaugural “Pinknic” at Maropeng.

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The Orionids meteor shower approaches

  • October 13, 2016 | Selinah Seipei | Category: News

From 20 October to 7 November, the Orionid meteor shower is taking place and will be visible in the southern hemisphere.

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Join Premier David Makhura for a breakfast dialogue at Maropeng this Heritage Day

  • September 20, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

This Heritage Day, Saturday 24 September 2016, Maropeng will be the proud hosts of a breakfast dialogue with the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura. Everyone is welcome.

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Sterkfontein Caves inspire young learners to new scientific heights

  • September 15, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

Earlier this year, the Sterkfontein Caves welcomed learners from Meridian Cosmo City primary school. The tour was much like the many other school tours that Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves conduct on an annual basis, where we welcome young and inquisitive minds and teach them about this place we all call home. Little did we realise, however, that on this particular tour there were award-winning scientists in our midst.

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We misplaced a robot on a comet and found it again two years later

  • September 07, 2016 | Category: News

“We were beginning to think that Philae would remain lost forever. It is incredible we have captured this at the final hour.”

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Astronomers announce discovery of closest-ever exoplanet

  • August 26, 2016 | Stuart Buchanan | Category: News

In what may turn out to be the biggest scientific find of recent time, astronomers have announced the discovery of an Earth-like planet in orbit around our next-nearest star, Proxima Centauri.

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Leave your mark: Maropeng launches Isivivane

  • August 15, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

On Monday, 15 August, Maropeng launched its isivivane programme, which provides visitors with the opportunity to have their names, or the name of a loved one, engraved on a stone and placed at Maropeng for posterity.

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New debates surface about Homo naledi’s chamber

  • August 12, 2016 | Cassidy Parker | Category: News

In recent weeks, Homo naledi has once again been the subject of academic debate. This time, paleoanthropological and geological experts have been discussing whether the Dinaledi Chamber was indeed a burial site, as the team who discovered it claimed, or whether Homo naledi was trapped there.

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