Hockaday grad Lyda Hill with paleoanthropologist Lee R. Berger via Twitter. They're imitating shark fins with their hands.

Hockaday grad Lyda Hill with paleoanthropologist Lee R. Berger via Twitter. (They’re imitating shark fins with their hands.)

We will soon know more about our early ancestors thanks to Lee R. Berger. Last week, the paleoanthropologist announced that he and his team found a new hominin species in South Africa’s Rising Star Cave. This would not have been possible without the aegis of Hockaday grad Lyda Hill. Her eponymous foundation, which supports “transformational advances in science and nature,” helped fund Berger’s research.

But that’s not Berger’s only Preston Hollow connection. The scientist also has ties to St. Mark’s. John Mead, a biology teacher at the neighborhood school, invited Berger to speak to his class in 2012. Berger accepted and the men subsequently forged a friendship. Mead keeps a blog about the hominin discovery, which you can read by clicking here.

Because Dallas has been so supportive of his research, Berger will conduct his first speaking engagement since the hominin discovery on September 29 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. His lecture begins at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets.

 

 


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