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Nat Geo Live

The Mystery of Our Human Story

Apr 06-07

Lee Berger, Paleoanthropologist

Performance Dates and Times

Location: The Broad Stage

Run Time: Approximately 70 minutes, no intermission, plus a Q&A with the speaker

Thu Apr 6 7:30pm $95/$75/$60 Buy Tickets
Fri Apr 7 7:30pm $85/$65/$50 Buy Tickets

It is no exaggeration to say that paleoanthropologist Lee Berger's 2013 discovery of a Homo naledi signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution. In a secret chamber of the remote Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, a massive collection of bones was discovered by his explorers assisted by recreational cavers. So he rapidly assembled a team of "underground astronauts" with caving experience, scientific backgrounds, and the kind of physique that could fit in a chute averaging 7.9 inches in width. What they found suggested something unprecedented-ritual burial, a practice long thought to be unique to Homo sapiens. And that was just the beginning.

 

 

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