Friday, 11 September 2015

Briefly: A New Species of Human Ancestor Found in South Africa

An international team of scientists led by Lee R. Berger, has discovered a new species of humans, in South Africa.

The discovery was made in a cave chamber where about a thousand human fossils appeared to have been buried over a million years.  The new specie was named 'Homo naledi' meaning ‘the caves where the bones lay for so long’. The discovery suggests that some early hominins intentionally deposited bodies of their dead in a remote and large cave chamber that couldn’t be accessed.

So far the team has recovered parts of at least 15 individuals that lived 1.78 million to 1.95 million years ago.

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