News – Rising Star

The View From a Caver/Scientist

  • November 23, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Category: Rising Star

By Elen Feuerriegel 20th November 2013 The day starts (officially) at 6am. I’m up a little earlier this morning. Crawl out of my sleeping bag and tent to the sight of Lee Berger bounding around. Lee is a Morning Person. Marina has been up since the predawn. Typically, she is the one who organises and…

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Video: Taking a Beating for Science

  • November 21, 2013 | Andrew Howley | Category: Rising Star

Climbing, squeezing, dragging, and pushing yourself through tiny passages in a cave can take a serious toll on your body. The cavers and scientists of the Rising Star Expedition though are willing to bash and bruise themselves to recover the broken bones of untold numbers of ancient hominids.

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We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Tent

  • November 20, 2013 | Andrew Howley | Category: Rising Star

After a day off, the team is eager to get back in the cave, and the hominids seem just as eager to get out. The fossil count jumps to 400 and the pop culture references ensue.

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What We Know and Don’t Know So Far

  • November 20, 2013 | Guest Blogger | Category: Rising Star

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.

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Inside the Cradle of Humankind

  • November 19, 2013 | Andrew Howley | Category: Rising Star

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.

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The Skull Man Arrives

  • November 19, 2013 | Andrew Howley | Category: Rising Star

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.

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