Lead author on Australopithecus sediba: A New Species of Homo-like Australopith from South Africa.
Prof. Lee R Berger is the Reader in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science in the Institute for Human Evolution, School of Geosciences at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
He discovered the site of Malapa in 2008 and is the discoverer of the female skeleton MH-2. He is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Project.
Berger, an award-winning researcher, author and speaker is the recipient of the Friedel Sellschop Award for Young Researchers and the National Geographic Society’s first Prize for Research and Exploration. He has appeared in numerous television documentaries and is a regular commentator on evolution and palaeontology.
He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1989 and received his PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1994. Lee is an Eagle Scout, and Boy Scout Honor Medal winner. He is an avid Diver and PADI Divemaster. Lee is married to Jacqueline and they have two children – Megan and Matthew.