Book Review – Almost Human

by Lee Berger and John Hawks (Jonathan Ball Publishers) ISBN: 9781868428052

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer. He is best known for his discovery of Australopithecus sediba and Homo Naledi. John Hawks worked alongside Lee Berger on the Rising Star expedition.

This may sound very technical but actually, Almost Human is an exciting read and is easy to comprehend.

Lee Berger and his nine-year-old son, Matthew were exploring the lime stones in the Cradle of Humankind when Matthew found a collarbone in a fossil. This turned out to be sediba.

Five years later in the same area, an expedition was set up to descend thirty meters into the cave, Rising Star. This is where two cavers discovered Homo Naledi. This type of fossil is different from any other previous fossils. There were also many other bones in the cave. The skeleton of Naledi has been on display and people around the world have viewed it.

The photos and pictures in this book are amazing, revealing how dangerous and difficult it is to get down into specific area in the cave containing the fossils.

This is an insight into our ancient ancestry as humans: a fascinating read.

Dawn Blankfield

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Posted on: 6th August 2017