Friday, 11 September 2015
Homo naledi is a species of the tribe Hominini, extant during the late Pliocene or early Pleistocene epoch, between roughly 3 and 2 million years ago. Homo naledi was discovered in 2013 in Rising Star Cave in South Africa. The remains of fifteen individuals were found during the initial investigation, and scientists believe more remain.
Homo naledi is a strange mosaic of the ancient and the thoroughly modern. Naledi's brain was no bigger than an orange. Its hands are superficially human-like, but the finger bones are locked into a curve - a trait that suggests climbing and tool-using capabilities.