Rising Star Expedition

The Skull Man Arrives

After a day off for a field trip to other Cradle of Humankind sites yesterday, this morning, the expedition is back on in full swing. “Batten hatches,” was the last item on the whiteboard at this morning’s briefing. Most days by 6:30am the sun is baking us already, but today by 5:30 clouds had rolled…

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

Scientists from South Africa, the U.S., Australia, Canada, and Switzerland are camped out on a farm outside Johannesburg, recovering and studying a cache of ancient hominid fossils. None of them would be there if it weren’t for the skills of South Africa’s caving community. Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg hired…

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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. In South Africa, three hominid genera have been discovered to date: Australopithecus, Paranthropus, and Homo. By having casts of…

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