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Cradle of Humankind

Over christmas I could visit Maropeng (the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind), an hour northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa.  Based on recent articles in the National Geographic the question is coming up: Where Is the Birthplace of Humankind? South Africa or Eastern Africa? Nevertheless, Maropeng is an interesting place and I could make some pictures:

Discover board with an overview about the Cradle of Humankind facilities, Maropeng, South Africa.

Skull of Australopithecus africanus ("southern ape of Africa").

A "virtual laboratory studio" from the research program, at the Malapa Site in the Cradle of Humankind, for the new species of hominin - Australopithecus sediba, named by Berger's team in 2010.

The Tumulus Building is evocative of a giant burial mound or perhaps an enormous buried fossil, with concrete “bones” sticking out the top. There is a learner centre and a hotel inside the development, which are mostly hidden in the rolling hills.