Rising Star Expedition

  • September 11, 2018 | St Peter's College talk on the Rising Star Expedition

St Peter’s College, hosted Lindsay Hunter to talk about her experiences on the Rising Star Expedition. After the talk, some of our Grade 9 students had the opportunity to meet with Lindsay and discuss her work. 


Lindsay Hunter is a trained paleoanthropologist who uses her more than 15 years of experience to make sense of the distant past of our species in ways that can help us to build a better future. She received her Master’s degree from the University of Iowa, where she conducted research on the eco-geographic patterning of the rib cage in later human evolution. She has studied fossil and human bone collections across five continents with major grant support from the National Science Foundation (United States) and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. She is currently completing her Ph.D.


Lindsay formed part of the Rising Star Expedition, which in 2015 discovered a new species of the human relative, and named it Homo Naledi. The team discovered more than 1 550 fossil elements, making it the single largest fossil hominin find on the continent of Africa.