A new member of the human family?
September 12, 2015
By Al Jazeera
It is one of the greatest fossil discoveries of our time, a trove of bones hidden deep inside a cave, outside Johannesburg in South Africa.
The team of scientists – from the Rising Star expedition – who made the discovery say the remains are that of ‘Homo Naledi’. A new species of our human ancestor.
Homo Naledi is small-brained and primitive – yet revolutionary and complex in behaviour.
Its place in time is uncertain.
It may have lived as far back as three-million-years ago … or could have roamed the earth as recently as 100,000 years ago.
So, is human evolution more complicated than we thought?
And is this just the beginning of what could be a new era of discoveries.
Presenter: Mike Hanna
Patrick Randolph-Quinney – Forensic anthropologist at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School
Ashley Kruger – PhD Paleoanthropology candidate
Briana Pobiner – Human origins research scientist and educator at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Source:: Al Jazeera
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