Lee Berger

Your browser does not support iframes. “About half way through it became pretty clear that we weren’t going to leave until it was out. There was no way we were stopping.” Becca Peixotto was not messing around today. The original plan for the Rising Star Expedition involved removing exposed bones on Sunday, and beginning to...

“I just want to say, ‘Oh my goodness.’” Lee Berger wrapped up an impromptu meeting tonight with an almost giddy attitude. A moment earlier he had been all business, asking the caver/scientists for their thoughts on how best to tackle their latest obstacles, which are considerable: there are too many bones; they need to adjust...

On the first day in the fossil chamber at the Rising Star Expedition outside of Johannesburg, Lee Berger’s team recovered a hominid mandible. Seeing other bones lying about, they went to bed (or sleeping bag, rather) with the thrill of knowing they were working on one of paleoanthropology’s most treasured finds: a partial hominid skeleton....

“We have a mandible. We’ve seen the skull. And there are more bones. Lots of them.” With his team of “underground astronauts” safely ascending out of a deep and narrow cave with hominid fossil in hand, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger is ecstatic. The sun is setting and streaking the South African sky with layers...

By 6:00am, the sun is shining, everyone in camp is up and getting breakfast and gathering for the morning briefing from expedition leader Lee Berger. Today’s assignments were clear: set up more shower tents, get the gear ready, and finish installing the lights. The lights are going into the cave. Deep in the cave are...

Rising Star Expedition: November 7, 2013 The tents are up. The generators are purring. The clothes have dried from the adventure of a gear rescue during a quick but powerful South African thunderstorm. We’re sitting quietly at last, in collapsible chairs, and suddenly Elen Feuerriegel’s Australian accent excitedly breaks the silence. “Under the ground here...

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