News – Homo naledi

Historic new Homo naledi discoveries unveiled at Maropeng

A new historic chapter of the Homo naledi saga has been unveiled at Maropeng today. Scientists from around the world, who were behind the landmark discovery of the new species, Homo naledi in 2015, have announced new discoveries from the Rising Star Cave system – the richest fossil hominin site in Africa.

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Homo naledi discovery hailed as one of 2015’s scientific milestones

  • December 23, 2015 | Christine Marot | Category: Homo naledi

Scientists and researchers all over our amazing planet are constantly making new discoveries that will impact the lives of the 7.3-billion humans who occupy Earth.

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Musical farewell for Homo naledi

All roads led to Maropeng this weekend as hundreds of visitors turned out for the Naledi Farewell Concert, held on the final day of the hugely popular five-week Homo naledi exhibition.

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More research into Dinaledi find reveals fascinating details

The latest papers on Homo naledi, published in scientific journal Nature Communications recently, take a closer look at the fossilised hands and feet. Thanks to the fossils’ location, deep inside an almost-inaccessible cave known as the Dinaledi Chamber, they have been spectacularly preserved, and thus are ideal specimens for study.

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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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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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