Prof. Lee R. Berger is a researcher in the paleoanthropology. His work has been published in a reputable journal every year. In addition, since he has a lot of research, he has been invited into hundreds of conference and talk show about the paleoanthropology. Moreover, he also has a connection with the National Geographic so that he will appear in numerous documentations. He was born in Kansas, 1965. He finished his bachelor’s degree at Georgia Southern University and graduated in 1989. His major is anthropology and archaeology. Then, he continued to study for his doctoral studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), South Africa. He also joined the post-doctoral studies in the same university.
As a professor in paleoanthropology, he has some specific studies that influence his research. His specific studies are Palau Fossils, Discovery of Australopithecus sediba, and Discovery of Homo Naledi. The first specific study result is Palau Fossils. His result of this research is written as the discovery report of Palau, Micronesia in 2006. The report also mentions at as the small-bodied humans in there. However, some of the other scholars argue that the found bodies are pygmoid in stature.
The second one is the Discovery Australopithecus sediba. This discovery is triggered by the finding clavicle and jawbone in Malapa Cave, South Africa by Lee Rogers Berger. Then, Berger with his team makes an excavation to find out more about the numerous bones. Those results are published with the content about Australopithecus sediba, a new species. The third specific study result is the discovery of Homo Naledi. The fossils are found in the remote chamber of the Dinaledi Chamber, previously known as Rising Star Cave Systems. The discovery involves the six researchers worldwide. The discovery can find about 1500 fossils. In 2015, the fossils are identified as the Homo Naledi.
Berger has published a lot of books regarding his research. Some books are written by himself. Meanwhile, the rest books are the result of cooperation between his colleagues. The example of his books are “Redrawing the family tree?”, “In the Footsteps of Eve”, “Change Starts in Africa”, “Working and Guiding in the Cradle of Humankind”, and others. Berger also gets some awards due to his dedication to paleoanthropology research. The examples of his awards are 100 Science Stories of the year by Discover Magazine, National Press Photographers Association, Golden Plate Awardee in the Academy of Achievement, The First National Geographic Society Prize for Research, and Exploration, and 100 most influential people in 2016.