Thursday, 10 September 2015

New Species Of Human Relative Found By Experts


A new member of the family tree is discovered which seems to have some surprising things in common with humans. These new species were found by scientists in South Africa after the discovery of fossils in a cave. The new species was found in a remote cave 50 kilometres north west of Johannesburg, South Africa.

The creature, which is named Homo Naledi, is described as having a surprising mix of human and primitive characteristics.
According to Sky News The being may be an early member of the evolutionary group including humans and our closest extinct relatives but it is not thought to be a direct ancestor of current-day humans.


Professor Lee Berger of South Africa's Wits University, who led the team that made the discovery, said: "What we have is a tall hominid, between 1.45 and 1.5 metres tall, was very skinny, had powerful joint muscles and had a brain about the size of my fist."

Homo Naledi was discovered in the Cradle of Humankind, about 40 kilometres west of Johannesburg, where they were in a chamber some 90 metres from the cave entrance, accessible only through a chute so narrow that a special team of very slender people was used to retrieve them.

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