Researchers at the University of Witwatersand (Wits University) have unearthed old bones at the Rising Star Cave in South Africa, which they conclude to belong to a previously unnamed type of early human species, now known as the Homo Naledi.
The scientists from the said institution announced that this new homonin specie, “Naledi,” refers to the cave where the bones were found. In the native Sesotho language, Naledi means “star.”
According to the researchers, more than 1,550 fossil elements were found during their expedition, making it the largest sample of any homonin type in a single African spot. The team likewise discovered remains of at least 15 individuals so far.
The team said that the newly-discovered homonin specie would have stood at 1.5 meters tall, 45 kilograms in weight, with males being bigger than the females, and with brains about the size of an orange. The said specie almost looked like a cross between human and ape, with teeth similar to the Homo Genus, and with shoulders like apes. The extremely curved fingers show that the specie used was into using tools and climbing activities.
Despite these assumptions, a lot still has to be learned about the Homo Naledi.