Huge Discovery As ‘New Species Of Human’ Found In South Africa

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UNILAD 01 ngm 1015 MM8345 mystery man mark thiessen4 Huge Discovery As New Species Of Human Found In South Africa CREDIT: National Geographic. A reconstruction of Homo naledi’s head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans. University of the Witwatersrand, National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation.

A new discovery in South Africa has profound implications for everything we know about human heritage, apparently.

Scientists from the University of Witwatersrand, in collaboration with National Geographic, have allegedly discovered a new species of human. The Homo naledi.

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Remains of the species were found accidently by amateur cavers two years ago. An expedition then set out to recover the skeletons, expecting to find a single one they were surprised when they uncovered 15 individuals.

And this species seem to display a behaviour long believed to be unique to modern humans – burying their dead in an isolated chamber. The fossils were found in a dark, isolated cave that is extremely difficult to access. After ruling out all other possibilities of how they got there, the team deduced that they were ritualistically buried in the cave.

A selection of age groups were allegedly found, from infants to teens, to young adults and elderly. Homo naledi were fairly tall, with small heads. They also had incredibly human like hands, but their shoulders were able to rotate more than ours, suggesting they were keen climbers.

At the moment scientists don’t know how old the fossils are – or how long the species existed – but they estimate that it’s a minimum of two million years old, if not three.

They’ve also said that Homo naledi could possibly be the base for our genus.


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