Homo naledi fossil discovery a triumph for open access and education

  • October 05, 2015 | Professor John Hawks

The discovery of Homo naledi was unique in many ways - the unusual method of retrieval the Rising Star team used, the sheer number of fossils recovered, and perhaps most unprecedented, the way in which the world was able to share in the landmark moment in history.

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What Can We Learn From Homo naledi’s Skull?

From the tip of the jaw to the top of the head, remains from five naledi skulls provide tantalizing early hints about the lives of these newly found ancient human relatives.

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Homo naledi’s Nike-Ready Foot

See how early in the excavation, a single ankle bone was able to show researchers that Homo naledi was walking comfortably on two feet.

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Homo naledi’s Powerful Hand Up Close

With an incredibly muscular thumb and curved fingers for powerful gripping, the newly found Homo naledi could have given today’s rock climbers like Alex Honnold a run (or a climb) for their money.

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How the Naledi Team Solved a 1,550-Piece Puzzle

With Africa’s largest hominin fossil find unearthed and in the lab, Lee Berger called in experts and early-career scientists for an innovative workshop to figure out just what they’d found.

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Rave reviews for the #NalediFossils

  • September 15, 2015

Thousands of visitors have streamed into Maropeng to visit fossils of the world’s newest species, Homo naledi, since the stunning discovery was announced to the world last week. Here’s what they have been saying on social media.

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The day Homo naledi took over the world

News of humankind’s newest ancestor, Homo naledi, took the world by storm yesterday. Fossils of the new human ancestor were released at Maropeng on Thursday. Excitement mounted as the news took over social media channels and the world’s top new sites. Here’s a snapshot of the excitement.

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Homo naledi: 1,500 Fossils Revolutionize Human Family Tree

Two years after being discovered deep in a South African cave, the 1,500 fossils excavated during the Rising Star Expedition have been identified as belonging to a previously unknown early human relative that scientists have named “Homo naledi.”

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Scientists announce groundbreaking discovery at Maropeng

The world’s eyes are on Maropeng, where a team of scientists from around the world have announced the discovery of a new species, Homo naledi. An intriguing ancient species, that it seems, was aware of its own mortality, a trait that has been thought to be unique to humans.

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WATCH LIVE: History in the making at Maropeng

A team of scientists from around the world is making a ground breaking announcement at Maropeng this morning. Watch it live here.

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