Video: First Day in Fossil Cave

Archaeologists in South Africa descend into the deepest part of a cave containing newly discovered early hominid fossils in one of the most technically challenging and hi-tech paleoanthropological expeditions yet.

From suiting-up to making prized 3D scans 30 meters underground, the team of “underground astronauts” begins their mission in earnest and finds it more intense than even they had expected.



  1. Jennifer Simon
    January 19, 2014, 10:41 pm

    “See! Behold! Look! Lo!
    they cry in season, rapt, in love,
    chipping away with their pocketknives,
    pencils, rulers, fingernails”

  2. W. Mason
    Wellington, N.Z.
    November 14, 2013, 4:03 pm

    Great stuff, facinating and hypnotic…but how do you think all those bones got down there in the first place, given that the explorers have to squeeze their way down?

  3. John S. Mead
    United States
    November 11, 2013, 8:43 pm

    Andrew – As a biology teacher in Texas who has spent time in the Cradle, it is a thrill to be able to follow what you’re sharing here. Your work is getting lots of attention among my Middle & High school Biology students! Kudos in a job well done — Please keep it coming!

  4. Jeff Hertrick
    November 11, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Andrew: Great stuff from South Africa! It’s interesting to follow an expedition like this as its happening.