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Dawn of Humanity on NOVA

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 2, 2015 11:28 AM

NOVA and National Geographic present exclusive access to a unique discovery of ancient remains.

Located in an almost inaccessible chamber deep in a South African cave, the site required recruiting a special team of experts slender enough to wriggle down a vertical, pitch-dark, eight inch-wide passage. Most fossil discoveries of human relatives consist of just a handful of bones. But down in this hidden chamber, the team uncovered an unprecedented trove - so far, over 1,500 bones - with the potential to rewrite the story of our origins.

They may help fill in a crucial gap in the fossil record and tell us how Homo, the first member of the human family, emerged from ape-like ancestors like the famous Lucy. But how did hundreds of bones end up in the remote chamber? The experts are considering every mind-boggling possibility.

Join NOVA on the treacherous descent into this cave of spectacular and enigmatic finds, and discover their startling implications for the saga of what made us human.

This special two-hour presentation of NOVA will air September 16 at 9:00pm on WITF. Watch a preview:

This episode of NOVA was preivously scheduled to air in April but was delayed by PBS.  

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