New Light on the Dawn of Humanity

Posted on September 18, 2015 by Dr. Lynda

Did you know there is a place considered to be “the cradle of humankind?”

Two new discoveries there, of the most amazing magnitude, have burst into the gap in our scientific knowledge.

Better yet, the story of how this discovery was made is gripping even if you are not a science nerd. The video we are pointing you to today is one of those detective stories that involves us all and feels personal. If you have any curiosity at all about the world of our earliest emergence, today’s video-share find is the one to watch.

Image: Scientist kissing new fossil find
Professor Lee Berger kissing the recreated skull of the creature he has named Homo Naledi. Source: STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP/GETTY

We see a lot of videos in the area of natural history at EWC and then have to decide which ones are the best of the best. This one was easy. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen one quite as interesting, insightful, and even fun as this one. Our entire family (Dr. Chuck and I, our two teenagers, and our recent college grad) settled in to watch this a few nights ago, and spent much of the time with mouths agape, biting our nails in some “cringe points” involving deep caving, and then marveling at the way the program wove our snippets of knowledge together.

If you have some time, do take a look at this. You will come away transformed in many ways. Enjoy!

Via: NOVA 1

If you don’t see the video window link on your device, you can click here to go directly to the PBS website to watch the video.

What a great pleasure it is to be able to put a spotlight on this kind of media. To my mind there are many heroes in this story. First, of course, the scientists whose passions drive our knowledge base forward are remarkably brave pioneers. Can you imagine going down into that cave for the very first time, scrambling deeper and deeper, with curiosity overriding every natural impulse to flee?

Then I have to say, where would we be without The National Geographic Society? If today’s video-share sparked a bit of wonder for you, head on over to the NatGeo video page and you will find yourself swimming in a virtual sea of amazing video content.

And then, there is the NOVA series itself. Here’s a screenshot of their homepage as a ink today.  Take a look at the variety of content just waiting for the curious and hopeful among us. These might be the best “Reality” programming anyone could ever watch:

Image: NOVA homepage

An one last word about heroes: some of you know that I started everwideningcircles.com after being crushingly discouraged by the negativity of the 24-hour news cycle. The EWC project is my way of giving back to a world where I have found so much wonder, beauty and kindness. Why don’t we see more of that world from our media?

So today, I’ll say thank you to the Montreal Gazette for featuring a great story about this discovery. Take a look at their coverage by clicking here!

See you again on Sunday morning!

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~Dr. Lynda