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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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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Perseid meteor shower – a starry spectacle

  • August 25, 2015 | Category: News

Extra dark skies are the optimal viewing backdrop when it comes to stargazing – and that’s exactly what you want when there’s a Perseid meteor shower. These meteor showers are visible in the northern hemisphere and on a clear, moonless night you can spot up to 70 meteors per hour during it’s peak around 9 to 13 August.

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Peter Mhanaza: building dreams at Maropeng

  • August 25, 2015 | Kolosa Vuso | Category: News

In 2005, Maropeng – Setswana for “returning to the place of origin” – opened its doors to the public, inviting them to experience the birthplace of humankind. Ten years later, people are still discovering their path to humanity.

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Evidence of the earliest baboon found in the Cradle

  • August 24, 2015 | Category: News

Scientists have discovered the oldest baboon fossils ever found in the world, at the Malapa excavation site in the Cradle of Humankind.

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