What Can We Learn From Homo naledi’s Skull?

From the tip of the jaw to the top of the head, remains from five naledi skulls provide tantalizing early hints about the lives of these newly found ancient human relatives.

Homo naledi’s Nike-Ready Foot

See how early in the excavation, a single ankle bone was able to show researchers that Homo naledi was walking comfortably on two feet.

Homo naledi’s Powerful Hand Up Close

With an incredibly muscular thumb and curved fingers for powerful gripping, the newly found Homo naledi could have given today’s rock climbers like Alex Honnold a run (or a climb) for their money.

How the Naledi Team Solved a 1,550-Piece Puzzle

With Africa’s largest hominin fossil find unearthed and in the lab, Lee Berger called in experts and early-career scientists for an innovative workshop to figure out just what they’d found.

Homo naledi: 1,500 Fossils Revolutionize Human Family Tree

Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that scientists have named “Homo naledi.”

Wrapping Up Round Two

By Becca Peixotto, Caver/Scientist. In only eight days of digging, we retrieved more than 320 numbered fossil specimens and an awful lot of sediment. Don’t worry: there’s plenty more.

Young Visitor Helps Recover First Top Jaw From the Site

Principal excavator Becca Peixotto reports back on this week’s activity at the Rising Star hominin fossil cave site.

What’s New at This Week’s Excavation

By Becca Peixotto, Caver/Scientist. Discover what’s new about this expedition returning to the hominin fossil chamber at Rising Star.

A Critical Piece of the Hominin Puzzle

The team is back in the cave to recover a tantalizing piece of upper jaw and other fossils in preparation for the groundbreaking workshop to begin in May.

Scientists Return to Explore a Second Fossil Chamber

On the final day of Rising Star cave excavations in November of 2013, researchers confirmed that a second chamber also contained hominin fossils. Now they return for a closer examination.

Call for Scientists to Join Rising Star Workshop 2014

With more than 1200 hominin fossils recovered last November, Lee Berger sends out a call for scientists to help study the bones and reveal them to the world.

Rising Star Photo Wins Australian Archaeology Award

Next time you picture a scientist at work on a computer, skip the white-walled laboratory, and think of this instead.

A Bone in Hand Is Worth Ten in a Book

When you’re trying to understand all that a few bones can tell us about our early hominid ancestors, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience with the fossils themselves, says “underground astronaut” Elen Feuerriegel.

A Voice From the Cave: Lee Berger on the NG Weekend Radio Show

After weeks of minute-by-minute updates from the field, Lee Berger finally tells the story of his latest hominid discovery from in its entirety.

Final Day of Excavations

This three-week mission is now drawing to a close, but the magnitude of the early hominid discovery on the Rising Star Expedition means this story is far from over. See how the saga will continue.