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Watch 'Dawn of Humanity' on NOVA


September 10, 2015

The discovery of a new, early human species is making headlines this morning. American paleoanthropologist Lee R. Berger led a team that recovered the new hominid, now called Homo naledi, from a South African cave. Watch the team's path to discovery in NOVA's Dawn of Humanity above. 

On the floor of Rising Star cave in South Africa, Dr. Lee Berger and his team have found a startling number of bones belonging to a previously unidentified human ancestor: Homo naledi. 

“With almost every bone in the body represented multiple times, Homo naledi is already practically the best-known fossil member of our lineage,” Dr. Berger said in an interview with the New York Times. 

Dr. Lee Berger

Researches have yet to peg the time period Homo naledi belongs to, but have already recovered bones belonging to 15 individuals. 

Originally scheduled to air next Wednesday, you can now watch Dr. Berger's team as they discover Homo naledi in Dawn of Humanity, presented by NOVA and National Geographic, here on KCTS 9. Join NOVA on the treacherous descent into this cave of spectacular and enigmatic finds, and discover their startling implications for the saga of what made us human.


You can read more about the discovery in these articels from the New York Times and the Washington Post.


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