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Findings of paleontologists in South Africa may change ideas about human evolution


Paleontologists have announced that the oldest burial in the world with the remains of the distant ancestors of modern humans, representatives of the species Homo Naledi, was found in South Africa, informs RBC Life with reference to Science Alert.

Researchers led by paleoanthropologist Lee Roger Berger discovered the fossils a few years ago, but only now have they come to the conclusion that the burial may be the oldest on the planet. Thus, the discovery challenges current ideas about human evolution.

The remains of Homo Naledi, which differ from modern humans in the small volume of the basal part of the skull, were found at a depth of about 30 meters in a cave system called the “Cradle of Humankind” - a UNESCO World Heritage Site located near Johannesburg.

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