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Human Evolution: Past and Future
John Hawks, University of Wisconsin
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Rising Star Expedition - Fall 2013
Notes taken on January 22, 2014 by Edward Tanguay
Cradle of Humankind, South Africa
World Heritage Site first named by UNESCO in 1999, about 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa
a site that in the past has produced a large number and some of the oldest hominid fossils ever found, some dating back as far as 3.5 million years ago
Rising Star expedition
end of 2013
recovered over 1000 hominid bone fossils
cave discovered in early October 2013
National Geographic Explorer Lee Berger
exploration team leader Pedro Boshoff
found slot he couldn't get into
enlisted Rick Hunter and Steve Tucker, two cavers were able to get into it and climb down
a 12 meter downward climb, at narrowest points only 16 centimeters wide
at the bottom of the slot were bones
bones were identified as an early hominid
they needed cavers who could professionally document and pack the bones to take them back out
six women team
cavern is 30 meters underground
discovered that the bones were not from one individual, but but from many
a very modern expedition: twitter feeds as bones come out of the cave, multiple blogs by the cavers, archeologists, and anthropologists, skyping with schools around the world