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Join scientists and historians in the search for clues on how we can adapt to a changing world.

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    Discovering Homo Naledi: Journey to Find a Human Ancestor, Part 3

    Discovering Homo Naledi: Journey to Find a Human Ancestor, Part 3

    In part three, Lee Berger shares some of the challenges his team faced in the effort to recover the fossils, and he discusses Homo naledi's significance in understanding human origins.


    Many thought that the time for field exploration in the search for human origins was over. Then in 2013, paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Lee Berger made a remarkable discovery: While exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa, his team stumbled upon one of the greatest fossil discoveries in the past half century. They found a new species of human ancestor that could very well change the way we think about human ancestry and evolution.

    • 11 min
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    Discovering Homo Naledi: Journey to Find a Human Ancestor, Part 2

    Discovering Homo Naledi: Journey to Find a Human Ancestor, Part 2

    In part two, Lee Berger shares the story behind the recovery of the fossils and the incredible scientists who risked their lives to excavate the fossils in the cramped cave system.

    Many thought that the time for field exploration in the search for human origins was over. Then in 2013, paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Lee Berger made a remarkable discovery: While exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa, his team stumbled upon one of the greatest fossil discoveries in the past half century. They found a new species of human ancestor that could very well change the way we think about human ancestry and evolution.

    • 8 min
    • video
    Discovering Homo Naledi: Journey to Find a Human Ancestor, Part 1

    Discovering Homo Naledi: Journey to Find a Human Ancestor, Part 1

    Many thought that the time for field exploration in the search for human origins was over. Then in 2013, paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Lee Berger made a remarkable discovery: While exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa, his team stumbled upon one of the greatest fossil discoveries in the past half century. They found a new species of human ancestor that could very well change the way we think about human ancestry and evolution. In part one, Berger talks about the circumstances and passion that drove him to make this incredible find and the cavers who saw it first.

    • 9 min
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    Climate Change Through Bill Nye’s Eyes

    Climate Change Through Bill Nye’s Eyes

    Entertaining and fun, Bill Nye takes the stage at National Geographic headquarters to talk about his experiences with climate change and how he hopes to combat the problem through technology.

    • 7 min
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    The Quest for Genghis Khan's Lost Tomb

    The Quest for Genghis Khan's Lost Tomb

    Albert Lin combines the use of cutting-edge imaging technology, crowdsourcing, and on-the-ground exploration to search for the lost tomb of Genghis Khan in Mongolia.

    • 1 sec
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    Culture Heroes: Fredrik Hiebert

    Culture Heroes: Fredrik Hiebert

    From Afghanistan to Peru, National Geographic Archaeology Fellow Fredrik Hiebert shares his enthusiasm for protecting cultural heritage by helping to repatriate looted artifacts.

    • 13 min

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