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

'I agree with Vavi; we do not come from baboons', Lee Berger responds

Homo naledi has caused a stir across the world, with many critics calling into question the religious and scientific implications of the major fossil find.

The significant discovery has been met with mixed reaction among religious groups and individuals, who say they will not be referred to as descendants of baboons.

Though Homo naledi has been hailed as a historic discovery, the likes of former Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi have criticised the announcement.

Lead researcher and professor, Lee Berger, joined CapeTalk and 702's Redi Tlhabi to respond to questions and criticism surrounding South Africa's newest rising star.

Baboons are no more related to us, than cats are related to dogs. We are both primates, but we don't descend from baboons. Homo naledi is related to the human species.

Professor Lee Berger, Paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer (in residence)

Berger says that the group of researchers has been cautious to suggest that Homo naledi is the ancestor of the human species.

Berger advised that more scientific research is needed and that the human mind needs to change from its simplistic ideas of evolution, to more complex understandings.

Download the full research paper on Homo naledi, published for free on the eLife website.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:


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