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Expedition Underway to Extract Latest Fossil Find From Cradle of Humankind Cave

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.

There Are Hominid Fossils Waiting to Be Discovered!

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.

First Peek Into Cave System Holding New Hominid 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.

Video: The Landscape of Human Evolution

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.

Video: “Underground Astronauts” Prepare to Recover Hominid Fossils

National Geographic Explorer Lee Berger calls his team of archaeologists “underground astronauts.” Watch this video and you can see why.

Remarkably Well Preserved Hominid Skeleton Emerges

“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.

Video: First Day in Fossil Cave

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.

Multiple Ancient Hominids Found on Day 2 of Rising Star Expedition

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.

Video: Caver/Scientists Bring Up First Hominid Fossil

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.

Video: Fossil Cache Yields Multiple Ancient Hominids

Within 24 hours of beginning their fossil recovery, scientists on the Rising Star Expedition discover that the cave contains more than one individual.

A “Day Off” Still Manages to Yield Another Hominid Skeleton

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.

Video: Scientists Examine Skulls to Aid New Fossil Identification

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.

100th Fossil Tagged at New Hominid Site

The team reaches a milestone and in the process gains some faint new clues about how their mystery hominid moved in life.

Video: The Cavers Behind South Africa’s New Hominid Discovery

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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