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Meet The Woman Who Helped Discover A New Species Of Human

Hannah Morris in South Africa's Rising Star Cave, where the bones and fossils of Homo naledi were discovered.<p>Imagine descending more than 39 feet …

Archaeology

Human evolution hasn’t been a process of gradual fine-tuning — as finds like Homo naledi in South Africa make plain

No one yet knows where the newly discovered Homo naledi fits in the complicated story of hominids on Earth<p>The discovery in South Africa of an inaccessible subterranean chamber filled with the broken bones of ancient human relatives — nobody yet knows quite how ancient — is exciting news indeed, and …

Homo Naledi’s other revolution

When the Homo Naledi discovery was announced I was excited to see that the initial publication was in an open access journal, eLife. In fact to me …

Critics Question Homo Naledi Fossil Find in South Africa

A dramatic fossil find has given South Africa reason to celebrate amid economic gloom, but some experts question its scientific significance.<p>The discovery, in a cave 30 miles northwest of Johannesburg, is Africa's largest collection of hominin (human and human-related) fossils -- 15 individuals …

Evolution

Watch: Homo naledi – science, religion, and racism tackled

The discovery of Homo naledi has been met with much criticism – particularly from sectors which denounce the concept of evolution and any idea that …

Homo naledi’s Nike-Ready Foot

Changing Planet<p><i>After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these</i> …

You Can Print Your Own Homo Naledi Specimens

If you’re excited about last week’s announcement of a new human-like species discovered in South Africa, you can get your hands on the specimens — …

Replicas

Is Homo naledi just a primitive version of Homo erectus?

19 Sep 2015<p>We’ve gotten lots of feedback on the new species <i>Homo naledi</i>. Most has been enormously positive, a little bit has been critical. In …

You can 3D print your own Homo naledi, new species of human ancestor recently discovered

Sep 21, 2015 | By Tess<p>Just weeks ago it was announced that a new species was discovered that is likely a part of the human family tree. The so-named</i> …

What Can We Learn From Homo naledi’s Skull?

Changing Planet<p><i>After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these</i> …

Humanity

Homo naledi fossil discovery a triumph for open access and education

<i>Homo naledi</i> has made headlines around the world as one of the most significant fossil discoveries ever made.<p>The unprecedented sample of fossils …

Duke University

Homo naledi: Hands and feet of human relative show importance of its place in evolutionary lineage

New scientific analysis of the Homo naledi – the recently discovered species that is an ancient relative of the modern-day human – has found the …

Homo naledi: Newly discovered human ancestor made tools, climbed trees and walked upright

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Homo naledi May Have Been Able to Walk, Climb, and Use Tools

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA—A study of the <i>Homo naledi</i> foot and hand suggests that this early human relative, discovered by the Rising Star Expedition …

Evolution

New Human Ancestor Discovered

LEE BERGER SOT: “We do have our genus.”<p>TeaM SOT: “Oh!”<p>LEE BERGER, PALEOANTHROPOLOGIST AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPLORER-IN-RESIDENCE:<p>What these discoveries are telling us is that there’s a lot out there to be found.<p>We actually don’t have the whole story of human evolution.<p>Marina SOT: “It looks like …

Homo naledi walked, climbed, and used tools

Early last month, researchers revealed that the remains of a new human-like species referred to as “Homo naledi” had been discovered in a cave in …

Newly Identified Human Ancestor Homo Naledi Was Handy With Tools

Homo naledi, the ancient human ancestor whose fossils have been retrieved from a South African cave, may have been handy with tools and walked much like a person, according to scientists who examined its well-preserved foot and hand bones. Its foot and hand anatomy shared many characteristics with …

Nature Communications

The Feet and Hands of Homo Naledi were Similar to those of Modern Humans – Could this be the Evolutionary Link Paleontologists Were Waiting for?

Homo Naledi brings new surprises that could change the history of evolution for modern humans. Is this finally one of the missing links in human …

Homo Naledi Walked, Climbed Trees And Used Tools: What This Reveals About Human Evolution

The ancient human relative Homo Naledi was discovered in 2013 by archeologists working in a South African cave, where exceptionally preserved …

The Cave of Homo Naledi: A Textbook Example of How to Do Science

"How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?" --Sherlock Holmes<p>Recently, a magnificent new hominin fossil was announced: <i>Homo naledi</i>, known from a single chamber in an almost-inaccessible cave in South Africa. …

How to Attract Good Luck: 4 Secrets Backed by Research

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don’t mean …

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

The times of day when your kids need you to disconnect

It’s the parenting paradox of the moment: never before has it been so easy to stay connected to our families through technology—at the same time, we find ourselves too distracted by our smartphones to interact with them in person.<p>The everyday choices we make about using our cell phones or working …

The Default Parent

Are you the default parent? If you have to think about it, you're not. You'd know. Trust me. The default parent is the one responsible for the emotional, physical and logistical needs of the children. Spoiler alert: It's <i>typically</i> the one with the uterus.<p>The first time I knew I was the default …

Truly thankful: 5 tips to teach kids real gratitude

<i>As we head into the holiday season, TODAY Parents is focusing on putting more gratitude in our kids' attitude. Here to help is</i> Positive Parenting Solutions <i>founder Amy McCready, who will join us each week in November</i> <i>to offer strategies for raising grateful, unspoiled kids.</i><p>Isn’t it ironic that the …

Chocolate Truffle Fudge Bars

Melt unsweetened chocolate according to the instructions on the package. Allow chocolate to cool to room temperature.<p>Brew a small amount strong …

Chocolate Orange Curd with Godiva Chocolates and Clementines

Directions<p>Step 1<p>Put the egg yolks, sugar, salt, orange zest, juice and butter into a pan that will sit over another pan of hot water - or in a bain …

The Best Chocolate Cake I've Ever Had

Place the pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake at 350 F for about 8 minutes, or until toasted.<p>Grease a 9 x 9" baking dish.<p>Melt the …