World-renowned paleoanthropologist to speak at GSU

By Lora Chance - email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University alumnus and world-renowned paleoanthropologist Lee Berger is coming home to share his story.

Berger made international headlines in the Spring of 2010 after discovering two fossilized skeletons near Johannesburg, South Africa. Some scientists say the skeletons date back nearly two million years and hold invaluable evidence in the research of human evolution.

The paleoanthropologist says his experience at Georgia Southern strongly influenced his professional development. He will present "From Georgia Southern to Africa-The Pathway to the Discovery of the Most Complete Early Humans in History" Saturday, Feb. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia Southern University's Carol A. Carter Recital Hall in the Foy Building. The event is free and open to the public.

A private reception honoring Dr. Berger will be held prior to the presentation. Tickets are $50 per person or $75 per couple and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will be used to support students' archeological research at Georgia Southern University. For more information, visit

Berger grew up near Sylvania, Georgia. Long before becoming a world renowned paleoanthropologist, he worked as a news photographer at WTOC. In 1987, he won a National Press Photographers Association Humanitarian Award for throwing his camera down and jumping into the Savannah River to save a drowning woman. To learn more about Dr. Berger and his work, visit

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