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Cave Explorers Find New Fossils of Mysterious Human Relative (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 18:09

A new trove of fossil bones found in a cramped South African cave is adding to our understanding of an unusual cousin of modern humans, scientists announced today.

Broadcasting live from South Africa’s Rising Star cave system, paleoanthropologist Lee Berger revealed that ongoing excavations have uncovered new skeletons in the Dinaledi Chamber—four years to the day after the chamber’s discovery.

This site is famous for yielding the first fossils from a previously unknown human relative named Homo naledi. Announced in 2015, the tiny-brained species sports a remarkable mosaic of modern and archaic features. H. naledi’s foot is nearly indistinguishable from a modern human’s, but its shoulders and torso are more apelike.

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