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Final Day of Excavations

This three-week mission is now drawing to a close, but the magnitude of the early hominid discovery on the Rising Star Expedition means this story is far from over. See how the saga will continue.

What We Know and Don’t Know So Far

John Hawks explains why the biggest questions about the site of the new hominid fossil discovery still have no answers, and why that makes this one of the most important stages of research.

Inside the Cradle of Humankind

Taking a break from the stresses and excitement of the excavation, the team took a day to visit two other sites in the Cradle of Humankind.

The Skull Man Arrives

With the skull pieces drying and nearly ready to reassemble, hominid skull expert Darryl de Ruiter arrives on site and reveals secrets of the trade.

Video: Sights and Sounds of a Storm at Camp

While the caver/scientists underground remain blissfully unaware of what’s going on up top, a South African thunderstorm moves in and creates a show of sights and sounds for the rest of the team.

Video: Fossil Cache Yields Multiple Ancient Hominids

Within 24 hours of beginning their fossil recovery, scientists on the Rising Star Expedition discover that the cave contains more than one individual.

Video: “Underground Astronauts” Prepare to Recover Hominid Fossils

National Geographic Explorer Lee Berger calls his team of archaeologists “underground astronauts.” Watch this video and you can see why.

Video: The Landscape of Human Evolution

NG Explorer Lee Berger introduces his latest expedition, an exploration deep inside a landscape that has been home and tomb to humans and our ancestors for thousands of millennia.

First Peek Into Cave System Holding New Hominid Fossils

As the camp gets set up, the caver/scientists get geared up, and I get psyched up, seeing hints of early hominids in the everyday things we do.

There Are Hominid Fossils Waiting to Be Discovered!

Excitement builds at the Rising Star Expedition in South Africa, where caver/scientists are preparing to excavate an exciting new find of early human ancestor fossils.

Expedition Underway to Extract Latest Fossil Find From Cradle of Humankind Cave

An international team of researchers will in the next few days begin excavations on a new site that may contain evidence of early human fossil remains in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COHWHS), some 40km north Johannesburg.

November 3, 2013: How to Survive an Avalanche, Following Family History Through Asia and More

Join host Boyd Matson, as we survive potentially disastrous avalanche, swim with manta rays in Mozambique, walk the length of Africa looking for water, and follow our family tree’s roots throughout Asia.

The Hidden World of Mozambique’s Sky Island Forests

PROJECT UPDATE: Civil unrest in Mozambique for the first time in 21 years has brought threat of civil war. We are therefore postponing the field work until February in the hopes that things will be settled and the roads passable by then.

Sounds and Sights of a Midday Oasis on the Rim of Africa

Take a break under the oak trees on the Rim of Africa Mountain Trail with an interactive panorama and audio recording.

Dung Beetles Gallop—Mystery Gait is a First Among Insects

The desert dwellers are the first known insects to gallop, a radically different gait from the three million other insects on Earth, a new study says.