Homo naledi likely existed alongside early human civilisation
Mpho Raborife, News24
Johannesburg - A year and a half after fossils belonging to the Homo naledi species were discovered, scientists and researchers can now reveal that it is highly likely that the species lived alongside Homo sapiens (early humans).

Speaking at the Cradle of Humankind on Monday ahead of the official announcement, Wits paleoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger, who led the team, said they discovered that the age of the Homo naledi was “startlingly young”. “Homo naledi was alive sometime between 335 000 and 236 000 years ago. This places this population of primitive small-brained hominis at a time and place that is likely alongside Homo sapiens. 

“This is the first time that it has been demonstrated that another species of homonin survived alongside the first humans in Africa,” Berger said. Although the Homo naledi fossils shared some primitive features with some of the earliest known members of the Homo genus who lived nearly 2 million years ago, the remains also shared some features with modern humans, he said. “After the description of the new species in 2015, experts had predicted that the fossils should be around the age of these other primitive species. Instead, the fossils… are barely more than one-tenth that age,” Berger said. 

Late Middle Pleistocene

The dates were determined through six independent methods by at least 19 scientists from laboratories and institutions across the world. This meant that Homo naledi may have survived for as long as two million years alongside other species of hominins in Africa, the period which paleoanthropologists like Berger describe as the ‘late Middle Pleistocene’......

Read more at http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/homo-naledi-likely-existed-alongside-early-human-civilization-20170509
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