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Nat Geo Live: The Mystery of Our Human Story - Lee Berger

  • March 29, 2017
  • Location: Mesa Arts Center
  • Address: 1 E Main St Mesa, AZ 85201
  • Times: 7:30 - 9:30 PM
  • Admission: TBA
  • Phone:480-644-6500
  • Venue: Mesa Arts Center
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Lee Berger: Paleoanthropologist

It is no exaggeration to say that paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s 2013 discovery of 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.