Homo naledi: a new member to the Homo genus

Last year, anthropologists added a new member to the Homo genus, H. naledi, a human with a tiny head and feet similar to our own. At the time, the researchers didn’t pinpoint when H. naledi lived, but a study published in June pegs the age of the specimens to around 900,000 years.

“Our findings have a number of implications,” the authors wrote in the Journal of Human Evolution. “Most notably, they support the assignment of the new specimens to Homo, cast doubt on the claim that H. naledi is simply a variant of H. erectus, and suggest H. naledi is younger than has been previously proposed.” Click Image to Learn More!