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New Friends: Link in Human Evolutionary Chain Discovered
Found in a South African burial chamber, these remains may provide us with a new evolutionary link to our unknown ancestors.

15 partial skeletons unearthed as a part of an ongoing excavation, gave way to the discovery of the "Homo naledi" species.

He may have looked just like this dude above. He's obviously a bit farther back on the evolutionary scale than we are, but it's obvious that there are some pretty eerie similarities as far as facial and body structure.
Their skulls for instance have a similar shape to ours. The graphic above, courtesy of the BBC, shows that their teeth, however; are nearly identical to ours. Small and rounded, which shows that they had an easier time finding food than their cave-dwelling ancestors.
To the naked eye these hands look nearly identical, but as this graphic points out the fingers of the Naledi species are more curved. Still, similar palms and fingers create a human shape and similarity that can't be denied.
The same concept goes for the feet. Same structure with a few differences as far as twisting bones and shape, but it's safe to say that the Naledi walked on two feet just like us.
How cool is that?
The scientists on the project claim that the Naledi species is over 3 million years old. It doesn't provide a missing link like many assume, but bridges the gap between the Homo habilis and Homo erectus (closest to modern structure) species.
They also stated that the Naledi had pretty sophistocated thoughts. Though its "brain case" (the skull structures that hold our thinkers in place) is a bit smaller. Not everything can be known about this primitive being that lead to us, but it's kind of incredible that we can trace things back that far.

Knowing that we're all connected, millions of years back in time is a pretty amazing thing.

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This is awesome !!!!! And so hard to wrap my mind around at the same timeeee! Life is crazy
2 years ago·Reply
@LizArnone I know right? Millions of years....insane
2 years ago·Reply