A new species of human ancestor has been discovered in a remote chamber of the Rising Star cave in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind.

Explorations at the Rising Star cave.
Explorations at the Rising Star cave.

Some 15 individuals – five adults and eight children – of the newly named Homo naledi species were found, with more than 1500 fossils so far documented – there are said to be thousands more. To reach the remains the team had to squeeze through an 18cm-wide hole before climbing down a 12m vertical passage. Researchers said the most interesting part of the discovery was that the bodies were carried or thrown into the cave, which means that Homo naledi had an understanding of death. Read more: news24.com

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