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eSkeptic for May, 2017

The skull of Homo naledi, named Neo (Credit: Wits University/John Hawks).

In this week’s eSkeptic, Dr. Nathan H. Lents catches up with Dr. Lee Berger to ask him about the astounding and far-reaching implications of confirmed rumors that a second cave had been found harboring more Homo naledi skeletal remains, and revealed that the fossils are much younger than previously thought.

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Big News on Homo naledi
More Fossils and a Surprising Young Age

The skull of Homo naledi, named Neo (Credit: Wits University/John Hawks).

Dr. Nathan H. Lents catches up with Dr. Lee Berger to ask him about the astounding and far-reaching implications of confirmed rumors that a second cave had been found harboring more Homo naledi skeletal remains, and revealed that the fossils are much younger than previously thought.

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Dark Matter and Periodic Mass Extinctions? Not So Fast!

Don Prothero considers a conjecture proposed to explain a supposed periodicity in mass extinctions.

INSIGHT
What the Heck is a Biostratigrapher?

Listen as a quick and easy 10-minute radio interview explains how fossils help scientists to reconstruct the geological history of the Earth.

INSIGHT
Loch Ness Silliness

Donald Prothero expresses exasperation at press linking Nessie to a small armored fish which vanished into extinction 160 million years before dinosaurs evolved.

Distinguished Science Lecture
Death, Sex & Evolution

IN THIS RIVETING STORY about his remarkable discoveries from the Gogo fossil site in the Kimberly district of Western Australia, the Australian paleontologist John Long, now Vice President of Research and Collections at the Natural History Museum of L.A. County, takes us beyond just reconstructing animal morphology and into the realm of restoring ancient behavior…

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