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Cave of Bones: A True Story of Discovery, Adventure, and Human Origins

 

Join The Explorers Club on Monday, September 11th to hear from paleoanthropologist Lee Berger on the groundbreaking discoveries from the Rising Star cave system in South Africa — the remains of two previously unknown hominin species that could change our understanding of human evolution.

 

In July of 2022, after losing 50 pounds, acclaimed paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer in Residence Lee Berger was able to wriggle through impossibly small openings in the Rising Star cave complex in South Africa — spaces where his team has been unearthing the remains of Homo naledi, a  new species and ancient human relative likely to have coexisted with Homo sapiens 250,000 years ago. So what do these new findings all mean? Join Berger on the adventure of a lifetime as he explores the Rising Star cave system and begins the complicated process of explaining these extraordinary finds — all previously known as uniquely defined characteristics of Homo sapiens that force a rethinking of human evolution.

Photo credit: Robert Clark

 


Streaming live here on explorers.org, our YouTube Channel, and our Facebook Live — Monday, September 11th at 7:00 pm ET.

RESERVATIONS

This will be an in-person lecture at Explorers Club Headquarters.

In-person tickets are $15 for Members, and $30 for the General Public.

Check-in will begin at 6:00 pm, with a beer and wine reception from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Speakers

Dr. Lee Berger

Dr. Lee Berger is a world-renowned paleoanthropologist who has spent the past three decades working to uncover the origins of humanity. He is credited with the discovery of Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi, two ancient human relatives. Berger’s work has earned him numerous accolades –– including the first National Geographic Society Research and Exploration Prize in 1997, Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year in 2016, and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2016. Today, he is an honorary professor of anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand and an Explorer in Residence at the Society where he leads the Rising Star program, which is named for the cave system and fossil site in South Africa where he conducts his research. To date, teams under his leadership have recovered more individual hominid remains in sub-equatorial Africa over the last decade than were recovered in the previous 90 years.

September 11,2023
September 11, 2023
6:00 PM
6:00 PM
Dr. Lee Berger
Dr. Lee Berger
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