A new relative of man has been identified in South Africa.
The stunning discovery was made in September by research teams from the University of the Witwatersrand and has been announced to the world.
The team is calling this new species of human relative “Homo naledi,” in a find that also offered tantalising clues the species had a sophisticated cultural life and a respect for its dead.
“Until the moment of discovery of ‘naledi,’ I would have probably said to you that it was our defining character. The idea of burial of the dead or ritualized body disposal is something utterly uniquely human.”
“Overall, Homo naledi looks like one of the most primitive members of our genus, but it also has some surprisingly human-like features.