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“Almost Human: Homo naledi and Our Changing Understanding of Human Origins” with Dr. Lee Berger

October 11th, 2017, 7pm  |  $30/member, $40/nonmember  Register

Join us for an intimate lecture with Dr. Lee Berger. An award-winning researcher, explorer, author, paleoanthropologist and speaker, Dr. Berger is the recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and the Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award. As author of more than 200 scholarly and popular books, he has been featured three times on the cover of Science magazine, and his work has been named one of the top 100 science stories of the year by TimeScientific American and Discover Magazine on numerous occasions. 

In 2015, Dr. Berger led the team that discovered Homo naledi, a new species of human relative, in South Africa. H. naledi, sheds light on the origins and diversity of the human genus. According to the research published in the journal eLife, H. naledi also appears to have intentionally deposited bodies of its dead in a remote cave chamber, a behavior previously thought limited to humans. Berger, research professor in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand, led the expeditions that recovered the fossils. The Rising Star expedition involved an international team of scientists, including the six “underground astronauts” who descended into the Dinaledi chamber to excavate and retrieve the fossils. The team of “underground astronauts” removed more than 1,500 bones belonging to at least 15 individuals – exceeding any other human ancestor site in Africa.

October 11th, 2017, 7pm  |  $30/member, $40/nonmember  Register