In September the world learnt of the discovery of a new species of human relative, Homo Naledi. Consisting of more than 1,550 numbered fossil elements, the discovery is the single largest fossil hominin find yet made on the continent of Africa.
One of the scientists tasked with dating the fossils is Tebogo Makhubela. Soweto- born and raised, he began his studies at the University of Johannesburg in 2009. He is now studying towards his PhD degree majoring in geochronology and landscape evolution.
He officially joined the Rising Star team, Prof Lee Berger’s team, in February 2014 when Prof. Berger was looking for PhD students to do the geological work in the DiNaledi cave. Even though he was a Master’s student at the time, Tebogo’s supervisor convinced Prof Berger to make him on as part of the team.
Tebogo was captivated by the findings of the expedition and wanted to be a part of it badly because he knew that they had unearthed something so big.