New Species of Human Ancestor Discovered in South Africa

A brand-new species of human ancestor has been identified from a wealth of bones in a cave in South Africa. The new species, Homo naledi, likely lived 2.5 to 2.8 million years ago, at the very root of the Homo lineage.

Meet the newest, ancient member of the family #HomoNaledi
— New Scientist (@newscientist) September 10, 2015
Human Ancestor
The bones were found behind a limestone wall in the Rising Star cave. In all, more than 1,550

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