New Species in Human Lineage, Homo Naledi, Found in South African Cave


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Scientists have found more evidence possible human ancestors – Homo naledi – in a South African cave.

Salon writes:

“The discovery in South Africa of an inaccessible subterranean chamber filled with the broken bones of ancient human relatives — nobody yet knows quite how ancient — is exciting news indeed, and not only for specialists in paleoanthropology.”

The New York Times:

“Acting on a tip from spelunkers two years ago, scientists in South Africa discovered what the cavers had only dimly glimpsed through a crack in a limestone wall deep in the Rising Star cave: lots and lots of old bones.

“The remains covered the earthen floor beyond the narrow opening. This was, the scientists concluded, a large, dark chamber for the dead of a previously unidentified species of the early human lineage — Homo naledi.”

Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks helps to put the discovery into a (humorous) political context in the video.

http://www.salon.com/2015/09/16/human_evolution_hasnt_been_a_process_of_gradual_fine_tuning_as_finds_like_homo_naledi_in_south_africa_make_plain/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/11/science/south-africa-fossils-new-species-human-ancestor-homo-naledi.html?_r=0

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2015/09/on_h_naledi_sep099461.html

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