WATCH: The age of the original Homo naledi remains leads to more questions

South Africa

Cape Town – The new discovery and research with regards to Homo naledi was done by a large team of researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), James Cook University, Australia, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, United States, and more than 30 additional international institutions have on Tuesday announced two major discoveries related to the fossil hominin species Homo naledi.

The team was led by Professor Lee Berger of The University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a National Geographic Explorer in Residence.

The age of the original Homo naledi remains from one of the chamber has been revealed to be startlingly young in age.

"Homo naledi appears to have come from the root of the genus homo.
Actually lived not only from the last 7 million years but was contrary with what we thought were only homo sapiens lived on the continent of Africa", said Berger in an interview.

This discovery is considered to be complex and could lead to more questions than answers.

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A reconstruction of Homo naledi's head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans. Picture: Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

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