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Palaeontology

Palaeontologists unveil new human ancestor

September 10, 2015 | Comment icon 45 comments



Some of the Homo naledi remains found in the cave. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Berger et al
A treasure trove of bones has been found inside a hidden chamber within a cave near Johannesburg.
Known as Homo naledi, the new species represents another chapter in the evolution of mankind and is being hailed as one of the most significant new palaeontological discoveries in years.

The bones were found by Steven Tucker and Rick Hunter inside a concealed chamber deep within a cave known as Rising Star which has long been a popular destination for cavers.
The chamber contained the remains of at least 15 individuals and is believed to have been used as a burial site where these prehistoric people would have laid their dead to rest.

So far more than 1,550 fossil elements have been discovered - the largest number ever found at a single African site - and scientists believe that the cave could still hold many more.



Source: National Geographic | Comments (45)


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Comment icon #36 Posted by Frank Merton 7 years ago
Like truth, derision is a tool with its place and function. Using it mindlessly is is certainly not a good idea. I am curious where truth would not have a place, or where it could be used mindlessly. Let me just say that I think derision should be avoided in almost every circumstance I can imagine, both to spare the feelings of the other person and to keep oneself at least reasonably humble. Mockery is the tool of the arrogant and overly self-confident.
Comment icon #37 Posted by aquatus1 7 years ago
Derision is a tool that can be properly used in several different scenarios, but the two most effective ones are when there is a danger of the opposing opinion being taken more seriously than it merits by those with whom critical thinking is not a common habit (such as with the vaccination nonsense), and when a person is posing as a member of a specialized field for the purpose of gaining credibility through authority. As for truth, there are many, many places where it really shouldn't be involved. The most simplistic ones involved the fantasies of young children, which in and of itself is unl... [More]
Comment icon #38 Posted by Anomalocaris 7 years ago
Newly-Discovered, Ancient Humans Were Tree-Climbers Who Walked and Used Tools Last month in South Africa, scientists announced the discovery of a new group of early humans called Homo naledi. Now an analysis shows that this hominin had hands capable of both tree climbing and tool use, plus feet that were adapted for walking upright. Read more
Comment icon #39 Posted by Anomalocaris 7 years ago
Another but yet better source: The structure of Homo naledi's hands indicates it also probably had some of this capability, says Tracy Kivell from Kent University, UK. "The features that we see particularly in the wrist, we've only ever found in Neanderthals and [modern humans], and we know that those are committed to using tools," she told BBC News. Read more
Comment icon #40 Posted by Gingitsune 7 years ago
Of course, according to dogmatic science. this relative hominid didn't exist at all until it was found. Any theory that this hominid existed would have been a HUGE source of derision by all science dogma addicts and one would have been labelled "conspiracy theorists". Do you all see how derision by scientists and all who use derision indicates one is closer to truth than ever? The closest real life event to this scenario would be homo floresiensis. Locals have a cryptide which kind of fit the deion. But the tale wasn't known outside of Indonesia before, it was relied at the same time as the sc... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by regeneratia 7 years ago
Yea it's a bit much, thinking that because people mock you that makes you right. Of course it's based on a passage from the apostle Paul, but thinking about it I can see how people might have mocked Paul too. However, I don't think derision is a good idea -- it only makes the irrational more so. But I find that the person who mocks is always wrong. Mocking, ridicule and insulting are all hallmark signs of alcoholism. So mocking always points me to indications that thos people have extremely disabled frontal cortexes. I beleive in big foot, not the various theories about the species. But i beli... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by aquatus1 7 years ago
But I find that the person who mocks is always wrong. Mocking, ridicule and insulting are all hallmark signs of alcoholism. A failure to understand the base purpose of both cart and horse.
Comment icon #43 Posted by regeneratia 7 years ago
A failure to understand the base purpose of both cart and horse. The horse, the cart, Says one with history of mocking, with no addressing of the original topic.
Comment icon #44 Posted by Likely Guy 7 years ago
The horse, the cart, Says one with history of mocking, with no addressing of the original topic. You are entirely dismissive. You don't care jack squat what another posts.
Comment icon #45 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 7 years ago
Mocking, ridicule and insulting are all hallmark signs of alcoholism. So anyone who mocks, ridicules and insults you are alcoholics now? Time for another drink.


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