Palaeontologists unveil new human ancestor
September 10, 2015 | 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
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