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New Fossil Discovery


Sep 17 2015


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


Forum for Scholars and Publics

011 Old Chemistry Building, Duke's West Campus Quad

New Fossil Discovery

[ Image: Lee R. Berger, et al, eLife 2015;4:e09560, Sept. 10, 2015 ]


New Fossil Discovery Redefines What It Means to Be Human!

A Discussion About H. Naledi with Duke Professor Steven Churchill

Join us for a discussion with Duke Professor Steven Churchill about the recently announced discovery of a new fossil human relative, Homo naledi, found in a cave near Johannesburg, South Africa. Churchill was a member of the research team that made the discovery, and will talk with us about how the find affects our knowledge of our human ancestors.

Watch Dawn of Humanity, a 2-hour NOVA special documenting the research team’s work in South Africa. The special aired on local PBS affiliate WUNC-TV at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, Sept. 16.

Read about H. naledi:

A New Human Ancestor Arises from the Depth of a South African Cave. Kristina Killgrove, Forbes, Sept. 10, 2015.

This Face Changes the Human Story. But How? Jamie Shreeve, National Geographic, Sept. 10, 2015.

Homo naledi is related to me how? Michael Pearson,, Sept. 10, 2015.

Why Don’t We Know the Age of the New Human Ancestor? Ed Yong, The Atlantic, Sept. 14, 2015.

The scientific publication: Homo naledi: a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. Lee R. Berger, et al, eLife 2015;4:e09560, Sept. 10, 2015.


Steven Churchill

Duke University

Steven Churchill is Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University. He is a human paleontologist studying morphological and behavioral adaptation in archaic and modern humans of the Middle and Late Pleistocene. Through comparative functional-morphological analysis of human fossil remains, coupled with investigation of the archeological record of prehistoric human behavior,…...

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