In part three, Lee Berger shares some of the challenges his team faced in the effort to recover the fossils, and he discusses Homo naledi's significance in understanding human origins.
Many thought that the time for field exploration in the search for human origins was over. Then in 2013, paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Lee Berger made a remarkable discovery: While exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa, his team stumbled upon one of the...
In part two, Lee Berger shares the story behind the recovery of the fossils and the incredible scientists who risked their lives to excavate the fossils in the cramped cave system.
Many thought that the time for field exploration in the search for human origins was over. Then in 2013, paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Lee Berger made a remarkable discovery: While exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa, his team stumbled upon one of the greatest...
Many thought that the time for field exploration in the search for human origins was over. Then in 2013, paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-In-Residence Lee Berger made a remarkable discovery: While exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa, his team stumbled upon one of the greatest fossil discoveries in the past half century. They found a new species of human ancestor that could very well change the way we think about human ancestry and evolution. In part one,...
Entertaining and fun, Bill Nye takes the stage at National Geographic headquarters to talk about his experiences with climate change and how he hopes to combat the problem through technology.
Albert Lin combines the use of cutting-edge imaging technology, crowdsourcing, and on-the-ground exploration to search for the lost tomb of Genghis Khan in Mongolia.
From Afghanistan to Peru, National Geographic Archaeology Fellow Fredrik Hiebert shares his enthusiasm for protecting cultural heritage by helping to repatriate looted artifacts.
Corine Wegener is a modern-day monuments woman, traveling the globe with the formidable goal of preserving the cultural heritage of nations in conflict.
Archaeologist and National Geographic Fellow Sarah Parcak uses satellite imagery to track the destruction of cultural heritage sites.
Fernando Paiz and La Ruta Maya work tirelessly to rescue, conserve, and preserve Maya cultural heritage by recovering artifacts illegally taken from their home country.
Marvel at centuries of dazzling craftsmanship in gold and silver with National Geographic Archaeology Fellow Fredrik Hiebert as he explores the history and treasures of Peru's rich pre-Inca heritage.
In a real-life detective story, chronicled for his book Savage Harvest, author Carl Hoffman uncovers damning evidence and lives among the Asmat tribespeople to find out if Michael Rockefeller's mysterious disappearance was the result of cannibalism, a government cover-up, or both.
After years of searching, this underwater explorer made world headlines with his discovery of the first fully verified pirate shipwreck.
A true hero of the American West, John Wesley Powell made the first descent of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. A National Geographic founding member who gave the Society's first lecture on February 13, 1888, this larger-than-life explorer is brought to the stage by Clay Jenkinson.
National Geographic grantee and archaeologist Bill Saturno reveals simple proof that the Maya—contrary to popular belief—believed the world would continue well past 2012.
What do water fountains, rocket jet packs, and graduation robes all have in common? Emeritus Professor Salim T.S. Al-Hassani reveals the enduring legacy of Muslim civilization.
Easter Island archaeologists Terry Hunt and Carl Lipo offer a radically different theory of the island's history.
For centuries, the mystery of how the colossal stone statues of Easter Island moved captivated scientists. See their theories come to life.
Underwater explorer Robert Ballard hopes to paint the Titanic where it sits at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. The only question is: What color?
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Robert Ballard discovered the Titanic and wants to preserve the most famous ship in history from plunder and decay.
Dr. Robert Ballard explores the haunting wreckage of the Titanic strewn over 1,000 acres of seabed.
Author Winston Groom writes that Shiloh was the first battle in the Civil War that shocked Americans into seeing how long and how terrible the war would become.
A young southern belle chronicles the times when Union and Confederate troops invaded her home in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
British author Adam Nicolson offers a sweeping look at the work that went into translating the King James Bible, first published 400 years ago and still the most influential Bible translation of all time.
Historian James Robertson reveals surprising, little-known aspects of the Civil War in a remarkable human history of the conflict.
Historian James Robertson takes on one of the most hated figures of the Civil War—Major General Benjamin Franklin Butler.