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South Africans, and with them many the world over, are mourning the passing of the father of the all-race democracy that came to be known as the “New South Africa”. Children grueved at the loss of their favorite grandfather. It has always been one of the most remarkable features of the life and times of…
Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our new, democratic South Africa and force of nature that united a divided country has died. He presented to the world our path to a better future – reconciliation, love and community. “Madiba” passed away peacefully in his home with family just before 9pm last night (5th December 2013),…
An African elephant can make quick work of a tree and this one did while I was filming at South Africa’s Royal Malewane Game Reserve. This week when I heard the new poaching numbers that 22,000 elephants were killed last year & 25,000 the year before I thought of this encounter and how special it…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Within 24 hours of beginning their fossil recovery, scientists on the Rising Star Expedition discover that the cave contains more than one individual.
National Geographic Explorer Lee Berger calls his team of archaeologists “underground astronauts.” Watch this video and you can see why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.