Fossils found in an African cave are new species of human kin say scientists…

The women of the Rising Star Expedition. The cavers had to be able to slither through a 17cm opening so six slim women - all cavers with archaeological experience - were chosen for the team.

Scientists say newly discovered Homo naledi shared a similar behavior to humans – they buried their dead – a practice once believed to be exclusive to Homo sapiens.

Scientists say they’ve discovered a new member of the human family tree, revealed by a huge trove of bones in a barely accessible, pitch-dark chamber of a cave in South Africa.

The creature shows a surprising mix of human-like and more primitive characteristics – some experts called it “bizarre” and “weird”.

And the discovery presents some key mysteries: How old are the bones? And how did they get into that chamber, reachable only by a complicated pathway that includes squeezing through passages as narrow as about 17.8 centimetres?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/71938928/fossils-found-in-african-cave-are-new-species-of-human-kin-say-scientists

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