My recent visit allowed me to get to know many of the Rising Star team members and I was struck by the immense dedication and teamwork these varied researchers and explorers shared with me. That has led me to interview members of the team so that you can get a taste for how a great team can work cooperatively in a complex endeavor to make the most of what is a groundbreaking fossil discovery. All interviews were conducted by me either in the entrance chamber of the Rising Star cave, at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, or via Skype. With the PBS/NOVA/National Geographic documentary about this discovery ("Dawn of Humanity") set to air on September 16th, I hope these interviews will allow you different and possible deeper view into the people and personas that made this expedition such a success.
This page will be continually updated with new interviews as they become available so please bookmark this page and come back often for updates!
Dr. Lee Berger & Dr. John Hawks discuss the discovery and significance of Homo naledi
Interview #11 - Matthew & Megan Berger - Fossil photography and caving support
Interview #10 - Marina Elliott - Lead excavator
Interview # 9 - Hannah Morris - Primary excavator
Interview # 8 - Alia Gurtov - Primary excavator & Rising Star Workshop Member
Interview # 7 - Lindsay Hunter - Primary excavator
Interview # 6 - Becca Peixotto - Primary excavator
Interview #5 - Elen Feuerriegel - Primary excavator and Rising Star Workshop Member
Interview #4 - Maropeng Ramalepa and Dirk Van Rooyen. - Exploration Technicians
Interview #3 - Nompumelelo Hlophe - Exploration Technician
Interview #2 - Rick Hunter - Exploration Technician and one of the original "discoverers" of the fossil chamber.
Interview #1 - Steven Tucker - Exploration Technician and one of the original "discoverers" of the fossil chamber.