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Prof. Lee R Berger

Lead author on Australopithecus sediba: A New Species of Homo-like Australopith from South Africa.

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Created: 9th Apr 2010
Modified: 9th Apr 2010
Professional Information
Professional Areas:
Natural Sciences
University of the Witwatersrand
Working primarily in:
South Africa

Biographical Information
Prof. Lee R Berger
(At a Glance)
Place of Origin: 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.

(Wits University)

Topical Focus  » Prof. Lee R Berger

New African Fossil Discovery Raises Questions

Two-million-year-old partial skeletons of a new species of hominid have been found in the Cradle of Humankind, sparking a fresh debate about who our immediate ancestors were.

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