An international team of researchers will in the next few days begin excavations on a new site that may contain evidence of early human fossil remains in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COHWHS), some 40km north Johannesburg.
Excitement builds at the Rising Star Expedition in South Africa, where caver/scientists are preparing to excavate an exciting new find of early human ancestor fossils.
As the camp gets set up, the caver/scientists get geared up, and I get psyched up, seeing hints of early hominids in the everyday things we do.
NG Explorer Lee Berger introduces his latest expedition, an exploration deep inside a landscape that has been home and tomb to humans and our ancestors for thousands of millennia.
National Geographic Explorer Lee Berger calls his team of archaeologists “underground astronauts.” Watch this video and you can see why.
“We have a mandible. We’ve seen the skull. And there are more bones. Lots of them.” NG Explorer Lee Berger’s expedition in South Africa reveals a find for the ages: an early hominid with skull and bones together.
Archaeologists in South Africa descend into the deepest part of a cave containing newly discovered early hominid fossils in one of the most technically challenging and hi-tech paleoanthropological expeditions yet.
After a day and a half of pulling out fossils from a cave in South Africa, an international team of cavers and scientists realizes they have one of the rarest of finds: multiple ancient hominids.
On the very first day of entering the fossil chamber 30 meters below ground, a team of archaeologists recovers a fossil that paves the way for many new discoveries.
Within 24 hours of beginning their fossil recovery, scientists on the Rising Star Expedition discover that the cave contains more than one individual.
As the Rising Star Expedition team in South Africa works to excavate an ancient hominid cranium, they’re forced to stop by the unlikely complication that there are too many other bones around it.
Steve Churchill, post-cranial specialist on the Rising Star Expedition shows off the hominid skull replicas in the Science tent, and explains how the team uses them to help identify the skull pieces emerging from the cave below.
The team reaches a milestone and in the process gains some faint new clues about how their mystery hominid moved in life.
Scientists from around the world are camped outside Johannesburg, recovering and studying a cache of ancient hominid fossils. None of them would be there if it weren’t for a couple of local recreational cavers.
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