Christmas comes early for long-serving Maropeng staff

  • September 22, 2009 | Category: News

When the Maropeng Visitor Centre opened its doors to the public on December 7, 2005, five of the current staff members were there to witness this monumental occasion. Yesterday, September 22, these staff were honoured with a long service award.

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Cradle of Humankind fossil reveals world’s oldest evidence of bacterial infection

  • September 17, 2009 | Category: News

Signs of brucellosis discovered in the fossil of a 2.4-million- to 2.8-million-year-old hominid fossil found in the Sterkfontein Caves shed new light on the study of evolution.

Brucellosis is an infectious bacterial disease characterised by fever, malaise and headaches. It causes a flu-like illness in humans and is also know to affect animals such as cattle and sheep. Humans can contract the virus from these animals, either through eating the meat or through dairy products produced from infected animals’ milk.

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Celebrate Heritage Day at Maropeng

  • September 16, 2009 | Category: News

On Thursday, September 24, celebrate your heritage at the birthplace of humankind, Maropeng.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Cradle of Humankind offers visitors the chance to see, firsthand, where humankind originated from. Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this area of South Africa.

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Beauty surrounding Maropeng – Photo essay of the week

  • September 15, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay sets its sights on the beauty of the Maropeng landscape.

The evolving landscape of the Cradle of Humankind is today dominated by the Rocky Highveld Grassland, which supports a great diversity of plants and animals, some of which are rare and endangered.

Maropeng is the official Visitors’ Centre of the Cradle of Humankind, which was one of South Africa’s first three World Heritage Sites, declared in 1999. The Cradle of Humankind was declared a World Heritage Site because of the exceptional record of hominid fossils discovered here, which reveal much about human evolution over the past 3-million years or so. More than 1000 hominid fossils have been discovered in this area – more than anywhere else on Earth. Among them are the famous Australopithecus fossils, the “Taung Child”, “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”.

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Maropeng Exhibition – Photo essay of the week

  • September 08, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay features the amazing Visitor Centre exhibition.

The exhibition is self-guided and can take anything from one to seven hours, depending on your level of interest and time availability. It is highly interactive and enjoyable, and will engage visitors of all ages. Over weekends and public holidays guided tours are conducted regularly at no additional cost. Ask the ticket office upon arrival when the next tour will commence.

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Maropeng staff plant olive trees for Arbour Week

  • September 03, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng staff celebrated the start of spring and Arbour Week yesterday by planting two olive trees, one on either side of the entrance.

Arbour Day was first celebrated on the September 1 1983 and in 1999 the South African government decided to extend it to Arbour Week, celebrated between September 1 and 7. 

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New fossil exhibition at Maropeng sets out evidence for theory of evolution

  • September 02, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng launched a new fossil display today, September 2, 2009, entitled Evolution: digging for an understanding. The display illustrates and explains the theory of evolution which was made famous by Charles Darwin.. In particular, Charles Darwin provided a mechanism for evolution, namely natural selection.

“The display tells a story,” says Lindsay Marshall, the exhibition curator at Maropeng. The exhibition aims to provide clear and understandable information to help educate and inform the public on evolution.

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Sterkfontein Caves – Photo essay of the week

  • September 01, 2009 | Category: News

This week’s photo essay features the famous Sterkfontein Caves.

The Sterkfontein Caves are owned by the University of the Witwatersrand, whose scientists have been responsible for the main excavations of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. They are credited with many famous discoveries, including “Mrs Ples” and “Little Foot”, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dating back more than 3-million years.

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Discovering Darwin Art and Poetry Competition

  • September 01, 2009 | Category: News

In celebration of the 200th anniversary evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin’s birth and to mark the 150 years since he published Origin of the Species, Grade eight to twelve learners in the Tshwane area were recently invited to enter the Discovering Darwin Art and Poetry Competition, hosted by Sci-Enza interactive science centre and sponsored by Maropeng.

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Tumulus restaurant – Photo essay of the week

  • August 25, 2009 | Category: News

Maropeng will be publishing a weekly photo essay giving you a peek into all the great facilities we have to offer.

This week we are featuring the fresh, tasty new menu in the Tumulus restaurant. Chef Peter Langa designed the menu for the summer months and it includes a variety of delectable wraps and savoury pancakes. It’s the perfect way to end off your visit at Maropeng.

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