by liberal japonicus
In 2008, the most complete skeleton of early man, an estimated 2 million years old, was discovered in South Africa and the folks at the University of Witwatersrand (the second best name to give a university, after Aberystwyth, imho) gives us all the chance to play junior archeologists.
A state-of-the-art interactive laboratory will be built by the University of Witwatersrand and the South African government with cameras streaming video footage in real time, he said. The public will be able to listen in on the discovery process and also post questions to scientists via Twitter. The lab using CT scanning will be the first of its kind and is groundbreaking in paleontology.
Berger said they set up the live-project because public interest in archaeological finds has become overwhelming since the discovery of fossil-rich sites in South Africa's Cradle of Humankind. With several cameras monitoring the process, viewers will be able to get a glimpse into every aspect of the lab work and will be able to switch between camera angles, including microscopic images.
"We have to invent the science as we go, no one else has done this before in history," Berger said.
The Shanghai Science and Technology Museum will be the first of three virtual outposts connected to the laboratory in South Africa, and visitors there will be able to manipulate cameras remotely.
No word on whether a similar outpost will be set up at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.