The “Cradle of Humankind”

The “Cradle of Humankind”

The Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng, South Africa, is an acclaimed tourist destination that is not only part of South African national pride, but also a world heritage site.

Maropeng is situated in a huge ancient burial mound (the Tumulus). Once inside the Tumulus you will have one thrilling experience after another, as the secret to our ancestry is revealed. The underground boat ride immerses visitors in a sensory tour through the four elemental forces of nature – earth, fire, water, ice. The ride leads to 2,500 square meters of underground exhibition space that brings the history of humankind alive by way of entertaining, educational and interactive exhibits. Your children will be delighted. For those wanting to grapple with the topic of hominids there is plenty of in-depth information, dive right in.

Scientists have discovered thousands of hominid and other animal fossils within the Sterkfontein caves, dating back more than 4-million years to the birth of humanity. The most important and most famous of these fossils is that of Mrs Ples, a 2.5-million-year-old australopithecine skull, and Little Foot, an almost complete australopithecine skeleton that is around 4.17-million years old. These fossils, both found in the caves in this area, tell us much about how, and in what circumstances, modern humans – homo sapiens – evolved.

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