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Meet ‘Neo’, the most complete skeleton of Homo naledi ever found

Posted on 9 May 2017 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Researchers have recovered 130 additional hominin bones and teeth belonging to Homo naledi from a second chamber in Rising Star. They say the discoveries have the potential to transform our understanding of how and where the first humans evolved. Image: Wits University/John Hawks

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Strange mantle plume under Iceland helps keep Scotland afloat

Posted on 3 May 2017 in Earth Science, Journalism

The plume of hot rock that sits beneath Iceland has long-reaching fingers – two of which stretch all the way to Scotland and Norway. This perhaps explains why the breathtaking scenery of areas such as the Scottish Highlands isn’t submerged beneath the waves. Image: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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Ancient humans: What we know and still don’t know about them

Posted on 3 May 2017 in Human Origins, Journalism

Who were our ancient human relatives? Here is New Scientist’s primer to help you understand a little bit more about seven of the most important human species in our evolutionary tree. Image: Vegansoldier

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First Americans may have been Neanderthals 130,000 years ago

Posted on 26 Apr 2017 in Archaeology, Journalism

An extraordinary chapter has just been added to the story of the First Americans. Finds at a site in California suggest that the New World might have first been reached at least 130,000 years ago – more than 100,000 years earlier than conventionally thought. Image: Daniel Mennerich

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Homo naledi is only 250,000 years old – here’s why that matters

Posted on 25 Apr 2017 in Earth Science, Human Origins, Journalism

In 2013, Lee Berger at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and his colleagues made an extraordinary discovery – deep inside a South African cave system they found thousands of bones belonging to a brand new species of early human — and now we finally may know when this species lived and how it fits into our evolutionary tree. Image: pijpers662

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Mystery human species Homo naledi had tiny but advanced brain

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 in Homo floresiensis, Human Origins

It’s not the size of your brain, it’s how you organise it. The most recently discovered species of early human had a skull only slightly larger than a chimpanzee’s, but its brain looked surprisingly like our own – particularly in an area of the frontal lobe with links to language. Image: GovernmentZA

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