NEW SPECIES OF HUMAN DISCOVERED

NEW SPECIES OF HUMAN DISCOVERED

Kate Mennig

Imagine going 40 feet down into an underground cave through a chute barely 7 inches wide, to find the bones of undiscovered distant relatives of humans. This is exactly what Hannah Morris and her team of 5 other women did.

Together with Dr. Lee R. Berger, their team studied the fossils found in the rising star cave in South Africa. This helped them to identify the species as Homo naledi, which is the world’s newest species of humans.  This information was shared on September 10, 2015.

A caver tipped off Dr. Berger about the fossils, and 2 years later, Berger and his team have made new discoveries about what they believe to be an addition the human family tree.

The scientists believe that the Homo naledi buried their dead, which was previously thought to be a trait only found in humans.  The team came up with lots of different theories about the fossils they found which consisted of infants, children, adults, and elderly.