News – Rising Star

A critical piece of the hominin puzzle

The team is back in the cave to recover a tantalizing piece of upper jaw and other fossils in preparation for the groundbreaking workshop to begin in May.

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Scientists return to explore a second fossil chamber

  • February 21, 2014 | Guest blogger | Category: Rising Star

On the final day of the Rising Star cave excavations in November of 2013, researchers confirmed that a second chamber also contained hominin fossils. Now they return for a closer examination.

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Call for scientists to join Rising Star Workshop 2014

With more than 1 200 hominin fossils recovered last November, Lee Berger sends out a call for scientists to help study the bones and reveal them to the world.

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Rising Star Photo Wins Australian Archaeology Award

  • December 17, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Category: Rising Star

Next time you picture a scientist at work on a computer, skip the white-walled laboratory, and think of this instead.

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A Bone in Hand Is Worth Ten in a Book

  • December 13, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Category: Rising Star

When you’re trying to understand all that a few bones can tell us about our early hominid ancestors, there’s no substitute for hands-on experience with the fossils themselves, says “underground astronaut” Elen Feuerriegel.

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A Voice From the Cave: Lee Berger on the NG Weekend Radio Show

  • December 10, 2013 | Andrew Howley | Category: Rising Star

After weeks of minute-by-minute updates from the field, Lee Berger finally tells the story of his latest hominid discovery from in its entirety.

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Final Day of Excavations

  • November 27, 2013 | Andrew Howley | Category: Rising Star

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.

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The Journey Into Darkness

  • November 25, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Category: Rising Star

Lead caver Rick Hunter offers his reflections on the otherworldly journey from daylight to the fossil chamber and back.

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Field Trip to Malapa

  • November 25, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Category: Rising Star

The excavators and cavers get a day off to explore the nearby site where Lee Berger discovered the first remains of Australopithecus sediba.

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Know Your Hominid Skulls

  • November 24, 2013 | Andrew Howley | Category: Rising Star

Discover the key features that guide scientists as they work to identify skull pieces recovered on the Rising Star Expedition.

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