Homo naledi - New Species of Human Relative
South African fossils provide a fascinating look at hominid evolution
The unusual geology of the cave, as well as a lack of other archaeological remains, has made it difficult for the team of international scientists to date the new species - called Homo naledi. One of those scientists is Canada's Dr. Tracy Kivell, a Reader in Biological Anthroplogy at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.
She helped determine that Homo naledi was an unusual combination of primitive and human-like features. An adult Homo naledi stood about 1.5 metres tall, weighed about 45 kilograms and was a rare combination of a tool user and tree climber. The discovery of Homo naledi points to the fact that there was greater variety and more evolutionary experimentation in our lineage than previously thought.
- First paper in the journal eLife
- Second paper in eLife
- University of Kent release
- University of The Witwatersrand release
- CBC/AP Newsstory
- National Geographicspecial edition - with videos and pictures
- The Atlanticstory