Have you experienced a moment where the earth beneath you felt as though it had changed?
For science nerds and the general population alike, many believed that kind of shift. In 2015, news broke that paleontologists had found and excavated a treasure trove of ancient hominid bones in South Africa.
In 2015, news broke that paleontologists had discovered and excavated a treasure trove of ancient hominid bones in South Africa. Moreover, they belonged to a never described species, Homo Naledi, that carried a unique range of traits.
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In October of 2013, cavers stumbled across a chamber that had wealth hominid remains. From the following excavation, a group of scientists found 1500 bone fragments out of 15 individuals in an area the size of a kid’s sandbox. It was an unprecedented discovery.
Today, we bring you an incredible discussion from Marina Elliott, the first scientist to put in the room that housed the massive assortment of Naledi remains. Within this remarkable talk from the National Geographic Live point, she explains not just how this discovery has transformed our understanding of our origins; however, we conduct this kind of research!
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The Lessons of Homo Naledi.
There are many critical tips in this talk. I have listened to this a dozen times and every time I hear something different.
Not only does this discovery reframe our understanding of our origins, but it’s forced a shift in how we think about research. From opening the study to larger groups, and creating the findings available to the entire world on resources like Morpho Source, the discovery of Homo Naledi is ultimately shifting models.
Since Marina Elliott points out, discoveries mean nothing, and may even seem scary, once we don’t make them accessible to each.
If we make science just for the scientifically-minded, we abandon the community a massive amount of individuals with misinformation and distrust.
Whether we are speaking in terms of knowing our origins or talking about the way we bring science to the masses, there’s something to be heard from Homo Naledi on several levels.
As science has been reframing our comprehension of the planet, people must strive to make science understandable to the masses and give the young scientist the tools to express their discoveries in a way that may inspire wonder in the least scientifically inclined. There is such an abundance to learn.
Our next great leap will be in making sure that knowledge is spread into the entire world.
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