Homo Naledi: All eyes on SA's Cradle of Humankind

#HomoNaledi - How important is this discovery?

A new human ancestor species called Homo Naledi was revealed earlier today at the Cradle of Humankind in Maropeng.

Homo Naledi was discovered by a team of scientists and researchers, led by Wits University Professor Lee Berger.

The team believes that this discovery will help human beings better understands their origin.

CapeTalk’s John Maytham asked Dr Chris Smith how important is this discovery.

It’s a huge deal because the patch workers, the results and finds that trace our evolution from years ago to the present day, can now be laid on the table. Prior to that we didn’t have huge amount of material to understand where we came from.

Dr Chris Smith

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:


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