2017 Speaker Series wraps up Thursday
The final s ession of t he 2017 Roy al T yrrell M useum’s Speaker S eries will t ake place on April 27. Dr. Er ic Roberts, Assoc iate Pr ofessor and t he Head of Geosciences, J ames Cook U niversity, Q ueensland, A ustralia, will present “Discovery, Geological Context and Challenges of Dating a New Hominin, H omo nale di, from t he R ising St ar C ave, South Africa.”
The dis covery of H omo naledi, a ne w sp ecies of hominin (the group encompassing modern humans , extinct human sp ecies, and all clo se human ancestors) was announced in September 2015. Found in a de ep, ne arly inac cessible cave s ystem, t his w as t he largest c oncentration of hominin b ones e ver f ound in Af rica. The un usual dis - tribution of b ones sugge sted symbolic behaviour (e.g., deliberate plac ement by other H. naledi).
The find a ttracted glob al media a ttention, including a f eature in N ational G eographic. This dis covery had such an im pact t hat it w as easily iden tified a s one of the t op 10 s cience dis coveries of 2015 by n umerous news outlets. The de posits, however, r emain unda ted, leaving t heir e volutionary significance unc ertain – were t hey a dir ect h uman ancestor or anot her branch on the family tree?
In his t alk, Dr . Rob erts will pr esent an over view of t he dis covery of t he sit e and discuss the efforts that went in to unra velling t he complex ge ological c ontext of the c ave s ystem. He w ill finish w ith an over view of his team’s efforts and pr ogress over t he last two ye ars at dating the fossils and r efining our understanding of this im portant ne w hominin locality.
The Roy al T yrrell M useum’s Sp eaker S eries t alks are f ree and op en t o t he Dr. Eric Roberts, Associate Professor and the Head of Geosciences, James Cook University, Queensland, Australia, will present “Discovery, Geological Context and Challenges of Dating a New Hominin, Homo naledi, from the Rising Star Cave, South Africa” at the final Speaker Series of the season. public.
The s eries w ill c onclude with t his pr esentation on April 27 at 11:00 a.m. in the Museum’s a uditorium. Pa st Speaker Series talks are also available on t he M useum’s YouTube channe l: yout ube. com/user/RoyalTyrrellMuseum