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Alum Named One of Time Magazine’s Most Influential People


Alumnus , Lee Berger, Ph.D., was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine.

Berger has made several discoveries in the field of anthropology during his career and unveiled his latest, Homo naledi, in the fall.

The find of nearly 100 remains dating back as far back as 2.8 million years ago in a cave that was used for disposal was featured in the October issue of National Geographic.

Time Magazine noted that, “One way scientists know they’ve had an impact is if they’ve gotten their peers talking. A better way is getting them arguing. By that measure and others, Lee Berger, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, has had a huge year.”

Berger graduated from Georgia Southern in 1989 with a bachelor of arts in anthropology and holds a Ph.D. in palaeo-anthropology from the University of Witwatersand in South Africa. He is currently a professor at the University of Witwatersand.


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