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Meet Tebogo Makhubela, the scientist who's ‘dating’ the Homo Naledi fossils

In September the world learnt of the discovery of a new species of human relative, Homo Naledi, made of over 1 550 numbered fossil elements.

Soweto- born and raised, Tebogo Makhubela is one of the scientists tasked with dating the fossils, which are the the single largest fossil hominin find yet made on the continent of Africa.

Makhubela spoke about his academic journey, his part in the Homo Naledi research and the methods used for dating fossils.

Listen to the full conversation from The Redi Tlhabi Show:

We have to be very careful before making any announcements about the age of the fossils using our dating technique. There are some promising results to come.

Tebogo Makhubela, PhD student University of Johannesburg Department of Geology

Makhubela is studying towards his PhD degree majoring in geochronology and landscape evolution and joined the Rising Star team as a Master's student in 2014.

He said he was captivated by the findings of the expedition and wanted to be a part of it badly because he knew that they had unearthed something so big.

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