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National Geographic Live - The Mystery of Our Human Story

It is no exaggeration to say that paleoanthropologist Lee Berger’s 2013 discovery of Homo naledi signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution. In a secret chamber of the remote Rising Star cave system near Johannesburg, South Africa, a massive collection of bones was discovered by his explorers assisted by recreational cavers. So he rapidly assembled a team of “underground astronauts” with caving experience, scientific backgrounds, and the kind of physique that could fit in a chute averaging 7.9 inches in width. What they found suggested something unprecedented—ritual burial, a practice long thought to be unique to Homo sapiens. And that was just the beginning.

Lee Berger Biography

Lee Berger photoLee Berger is an award-winning researcher, author, speaker and paleoanthropologist He is the Research Professor in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He is the recipient of the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa and a Fellow of the Explorers Club. His explorations into human origins in Africa over the past two-and-a-half decades have resulted in many new and notable discoveries, including the most complete early hominin fossils found so far, which belong to a new species of early human ancestor, Australopithecus sediba, and, in 2013, the richest early hominin site yet found on the continent of Africa. Among other positions, Berger serves on the advisory board of the Global Young Academy.

 

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The Jefferson Dancers present their annual spring performances at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre April 27–...

Showing: 04/27 - 04/29
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Oregon Symphonic Band presents their 30th season celebration concert with Allen Vizzutti at the Portland'5...

Showing: 04/30
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Oregon Children's Theatre presents Pinkalicious at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre May 6 - June 4, 2017,...

Showing: 05/06 - 06/04
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Portland'5 and Portland Classic Guitar present Angel Romero with Eliot Fisk at the Newmark Theatre on...

Showing: 06/05
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Didier Morissonneau welcomes the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra from New York to the Portland'5...

Showing: 06/25
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Portland Opera presents Così fan tutte at the Portland'5 Newmark Theatre July 14, 16, 20, 22, 26...

Showing: 07/14 - 07/29