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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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Learn about the discovery of our newly unearthed human relative Homo naledi with National Geographic blogger and nature photographer John S. Mead at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12, at the Allen Public Library.  Cavers first found the Homo naledi within a narrow chamber in a cave in South Africa in 2013.   Under the direction of paleontologist Dr. Lee Berger, other fossils of an unprecedented 15 individuals of Homo naledi were eventually discovered.

This discovery was announced to the world formally in September 2015 and was featured as the cover story of the October 2015 issue of National Geographic magazine.   Ever since the announcement, John has been teaching, displaying photographs, and offering virtual tours about Homo naledi to interested students and enthusiasts of all ages.  

The Eugene McDermott Master Teacher in Science at the St. Mark’s School of Texas, John loves to open his middle-school students’ eyes to the natural wonders of our world.  His photography stems from a desire to share what he has encountered in nature.  Neither venomous snakes nor extreme heights has deterred his desire to obtain those chilling photographs.

John provides, not only his students but also students around the world, the opportunity to visit the fossil chambers virtually.  Dr. Lee Berger’s team has scanned many of the Homo naledi fossils and made them available to 3D print for free.  In his classroom, John has 3D prints of the original fossils available to the students.  John declares, “When holding precise 3D prints of fossils that are in the news, students are enthralled with the evidence and ask amazing questions.”

During July, visit the library’s gallery and inspect replicas of the Homo naledi fossils that were extracted during one of the great archaeological finds of the decade. 

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, the program is free.  Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.