National Geographic
Family Event

Adventures in Exploration | Prehistoric Mysteries

Photograph by Dillon von Petzinger

  • April 21, 2018

  • 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Adult: $15.00

  • Children (7-12): $10.00

  • National Geographic Campus

    Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium

About this Family Event

Families will love discovering the unknown by playing Kahoot!, watching the film Chimps: Next of Kin, and listening to exciting talks from National Geographic Explorers Marina Elliott and Genevieve von Petzinger, who are using science to unravel the mysteries of our human ancestry and the beginnings of the written language.

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Photograph by Dillon von Petzinger

Genevieve von Petzinger


Canadian paleoanthropologist, rock art researcher, and Ph.D. candidate GENEVIEVE VON PETZINGER studies some of the oldest art in the world—Ice Age cave art created by early humans in Europe between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago. Genevieve focuses on the geometric signs found at many of these sites. She’s identified 32 repeating signs, allowing her to track ancient patterns of migration and cultural interaction. She also investigates how these enigmatic markings can help us better understand human cognitive evolution, the development of symbolic thought, and graphic communication during this early chapter in prehistory. Genevieve’s research has been featured worldwide in print, radio, and television. She was selected as a TED Senior Fellow in 2013 and her 2015 TED talk has garnered over 3.4 million views. She is a 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Marina Elliott


Biological anthropologist MARINA ELLIOTT, Ph.D., has excavated ancient human remains in western Canada, Alaska, and Siberia and assisted with modern forensic investigations in Canada, the United States, and Switzerland. In 2013 she became one of six to excavate fossils found in South Africa’s Rising Star cave system. The find resulted in the naming of a new species of human relative, Homo naledi, and was featured on National Geographic’s October 2015 cover. Marina continues to excavate in the Rising Star system and conduct research on the growing assemblage of Homo naledi remains being recovered there. She also leads a five-person caving and exploration crew in South Africa, looking for new hominin sites and material. A researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand, Marina is an Explorers Club Fellow and a 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Photograph by Lauren Mulligan/Courtesy of Wits University

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