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Houston Museum of Natural Science

Homo naledi and the Chamber of Secrets by Jeremy DeSilva

Tuesday, May. 21, 2019 – Tuesday, May. 21, 2019

06:30 PM
US/Central

The largest collection of ancient human bones ever discovered in Africa was excavated from chambers deep within South Africa's Rising Star cave. In 2013, six women scientists squeezed through the twisting passages of this cave to unearth more than 1,500 fossils representing at least 15 individuals of the newly discovered early human species “Homo naledi.” This evening, paleoanthropologist and "Homo naledi" study team member Dr. Jeremy DeSilva will discuss what we know about these fossils and how these findings are changing not only science, but how we define “human.”

Jeremy DeSilva College of Dartmouth specializes in the locomotion of the first apes (hominoids) and early human ancestors (hominins). His recent work has focused on the origins and evolution of upright walking in the human lineage. He is also part of the research team that has discovered and described two new hominin species: “Australopithecus sediba” and “Homo naledi.”

This event is co-sponsored by The Leakey Foundation and the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

Early Bird to 5/14 - Members $10, Tickets $16

Regular price starting on 5/15 - Members $14, Tickets $20

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The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

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