This talk examples two episodes in the history of human palaeontology in which scientists promoted an idea that good science is public facing science, the Taung Child discovered in 1925 and the Homo naledi remains found in 2013. In both the cases, researchers advocated making knowledge of their fossils and their research process open, valuing rapid communication to a wide public audience. This talk explores the ways these scientists incorporated their values and research methods into their science outreach, while also examining the controversies that emerged in response to this approach.

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