New Homo naledi skeleton turns archaeological history on its head, says Berger

Professor Lee Berger says that the latest fossil finds in the Rising Star cave system will force archaeologists to question their assumptions about historic fossil records and human existence.

It's gonna make archaeology very difficult and exciting for the near future.

Lee Berger, Lead researcher and professor

Scientists have announced the discovery of a new Homo naledi skeleton, named Neo, and a new chamber in the Rising Star cave system.

Berger says Neo is a partially complete skeleton and one of the most complete ever discovered on the Continent.

He was found in a brand new chamber, separate from the Dinaledi chamber that we announced back in 2015.

Lee Berger, Lead researcher and professor

The chamber has been named Lesedi, and is similar in shape to the in which the first Homo naledi fossils were found.

The professor also announced the estimated age of Homo naledi, much younger than many scientists had anticipated.

Berger says Homo naledi dates back between 236 000 - 335 000 years - which he explains was not that long ago.

He explains that it remains unknown how far across Africa the newly discovered hominin species lived.

It's going to take further discoveries further afield to understand how Homo naledi spread across the Continent.

Lee Berger, Lead researcher and professor

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