In 2013, Lee Berger caught wind of a cache of bones in a hard-to-reach underground cave near Johannesburg. He put out a call around the world for collaborators – men and women small and adventurous enough to be able to squeeze through 8-inch tunnels to reach a sunless cave 40 feet underground. With this team of ‘underground astronauts’, Berger made the discovery of a lifetime: hundreds of prehistoric bones, including entire skeletons of at least 15 individuals, all perhaps two million years old. Their features combined those of known pre-hominids with those more human than anything ever before seen in prehistoric remains. Berger’s team had discovered an all new species: Homo naledi.
by Lee Berger
Almost Human is the personal story of a charismatic and visionary paleontologist, a rich and readable narrative about science, exploration, and what it means to be human.
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Lee Burger is Research Professor in Human Origins and the Public Understanding of Science at Wits University and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. Berger is the author of more than 200 scholarly and popular works. His research has been featured three times on the cover of Scienceand has been named among the top 100 science stories of the year by Time, Scientific American andDiscover magazine on numerous occasions.
Berger has appeared in many television documentaries and widely on television and radio, including NPR’s Talk of the Nation.
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