South African Archaeologists announces discovery of new Human Species

Archaeologists in South Africa have announced the discovery of a new human species, a finding they say could change human understanding of their common ancestors.

Researchers at the Witwatersrand University said the species, which they named Homo naledi, appeared to have intentionally buried its dead in graves – a feature that was once thought to be limited to modern humans.

The scientists say they have recovered parts belonging to at least 15 individuals of the same species in a cave known as Rising Star in the Cradle of Humankind, about 50 kilo meters northwest of Johannesburg.

The fossils, which included those of children, adults and elderly members of the species, were found in a room deep underground the cave network.



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