Video: “Underground Astronauts” Prepare to Recover Hominid Fossils

Just a few weeks after their initial discovery, the hominid fossils resting on the ground of a tiny cave in South Africa are less than a day away from seeing the light of day.

The international team of paleontologists and archaeologists, with the added skill set of being capable cavers who can fit through the tiniest of passages, just met for the first time and have spent the past few days on site getting to know each other and getting ready for the unusual tasks and challenges ahead. And they all happen to be women.

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger calls them “underground astronauts.”

Watch the video above and you can see why.


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  1. Shaun LePert
    November 11, 2013, 2:08 pm

    Amazing set of young ladies. Go Becca!

  2. Sylvia
    Victoria, Canada
    November 10, 2013, 1:14 pm

    “Tickled Pink” to know an amazingly capable woman on a unique expedition. Underground astronauts indeed!