In part 1 of this Q&A, I asked John Mead, a Dallas teacher who befriended Lee Berger, the discoverer of Homo naledi, about how he came to know about the new hominid species in advance, and he answered in detail. Now I’ve got a simple request for him…

Stephanie Keep: Sum up the importance of Homo naledi in one sentence.

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It should be pretty obvious by now that I’m pretty excited about the discovery of Homo naledi announced on September 10. Sure, there are some known unknowns, but it’s just such a cool story!

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09.29.2015

Every year, as August slouches toward September, public schools around the country resume classes—and bemoan the difficulty of finding enough teachers:

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This one wasn’t too big, but I still don't trust it. It looks wily. The “boxing gloves” are almost cute, though. (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University)

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