In the depths of the Cave of the Rising Star in South Africa, archaeologists have discovered the remains of three representatives of Homo naledi. The age of the remains suggests that this species of hominin was still alive about 335-236 thousand years ago. For the first time, scientists have proven that other species of hominins lived at the same time as modern humans in Africa. In addition, Homo naledi possessed a developed intellect.
Scientists from the James Cook University analyzed and dated the fossil remains of the hominid Homo naledi, found in the Rising Star cave in South Africa in 2013. “When we first identified fossils, most paleoanthropologists agreed that their age is a million or two million years old, but now we have proven that the remains are much” younger “,” the author of the study, Paul Dirks, said. The results of the new study showed that Homo naledi lived in Africa 335-236 thousand years ago. “The oldest fossil remnants of Homo sapiens in Africa are about 200 thousand years old. Now we have found a primitively looking hominid, who probably lived at the same time as a modern person, “the author of the study, Paul Dirks, said.
Scientists from the University of Wisconsin in Madison discovered new remains belonging to two kinds of adults and one child of Homo naledi in the depth of the same cave, but at some distance from the site of the original find in the burial chamber. According to scientists, Homo naledi buried their dead relatives. This means that the species possessed intelligence.
“The skeleton of the man, whom we called Neo, has a full clavicle and femur, he could walk and climb quickly,” Dirks said. The brain of Homo naledi was three times less than the brain of a modern person. “Of course, this is not a reasonable person, but it seems that he shares many similarities with us: he cares for his relatives and continues it after their death,” concluded Dirks.