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VVisit the Maropeng Visitors Centre and Sterkfontein Caves to discover your human ancestry. The caves have produced more than 850 hominid fossil remains. Send your delegates to this World Heritage Site to uncover humanity’s past and what stories these hominid fossils have to tell. From the Sterkfontein Caves and Swartkrans to Kromdraai and other fossil sites, each location has an individual story to tell about our ancestors who walked the Earth approximately three million years ago. In 1886, gold lime was needed for the extraction of gold in Witwatersrand, which led to locals blasting the caves in the 1890s to retrieve it. As a result, fossils were discovered.