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Homo naledi: new species of ancient human discovered: Ian Sample, The Guardian

Ian Sample of The Guardian wrote:

"A huge haul of bones found in a small, dark chamber at the back of a cave in South Africa may be the remnants of a new species of ancient human relative.

Explorers discovered the bones after squeezing through a fissure high in the rear wall of the Rising Star cave, 50km from Johannesburg, before descending a long, narrow chute to the chamber floor 40 metres beneath the surface.

The entrance chute into the Dinaledi chamber is so tight – a mere eight inches wide – that six lightly built female researchers were brought in to excavate the bones. Footage from their cameras was beamed along 3.5km of optic cable to a command centre above ground as they worked inside the cramped enclosure."

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Lee Berger, paleoanthropologist, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg. Image from The Maropeng website:

Posted by The Vickerage 14:44 Archived in South Africa Tagged of university lee berger witwatersrand paleoanthropology

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