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Hominid Mandible Recovered from Rising Star Cave System

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—Members of the Rising Star Expedition have recovered a hominid mandible from a difficult to reach, narrow cave where it appears that the remains of more than one individual came to rest. Lee Berger of the University of Witwatersrand identified the possible fossil site by using Google Earth to look for rock outcroppings that would have made attractive shelters to early humans. He then contacted local cavers and let them know what to look for on their adventures. The two local cavers who then found the bones are now assisting the excavation team.