Topic ID #36215 - posted 10/5/2015 4:22 AM

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Bones of Contention: Why Cal Paleo Expert is So Skeptical That Homo Naledi Is New Species

By Glen Martin

The popular science press went bonkers last month with news that fossilized bones of a previously unknown hominid had been discovered in a cave system in South Africa. Dubbed Homo naledi by lead researcher and University of the Witwatersrand paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, these proto-humans appeared to have lived somewhere between 1 to 3 million years ago, used tools, walked upright, and may have buried their dead, a practice that has only been attributed to our own species, Homo sapiens, and Neanderthals.


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