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5 Reasons the world went crazy about #HomoNaledi

[NEW EPISODE] Not sure what all the hype and controversy was about? Here’s our 5-point guide to #HomoNaledi, this decade’s biggest archaeological find. Like what you saw? Subscribe to our YouTube channel for locally-sourced brain food hot off the SciBraai coals About The SciBraai Show The SciBraai Show helps you avoid awkward silences and boring conversations…

A reconstruction of Homo naledi’s head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans. The find was announced by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation and published in the journal eLife. 
Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

From the Cradle to the grave? #NalediFossils

First published on wildonscience.com | #NalediFossils   They moved the bodies in one at a time, from the old with their worn teeth to newborn babies. If they had been modern humans, the Dinaledi Chamber would have been called a burial site. But the creatures are not human. Homo naledi (“naledi” means star in the local Sotho…

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[LIVE STREAM] Follow major fossil announcement by Prof Lee Berger’s team

One of the greatest fossil discoveries ever is set to by announced and unveiled by Prof Lee Berger’s team at the University of Witwatersrand at 10:00. Follow it here: http://streaming.wits.ac.za/live/index.html       Like this:Like Loading…

Reconstruction of Sahelanthropus tchadensis, one of the oldest known hominids

The next best thing to a time machine

A “man” stands naked in the centre of the studio. In the dim light cast from a lamp on a nearby table, you can see the threads of muscles running down his arms and cording up his legs. But something is wrong: his chest does not expand with air, he does not shift his balance,…

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Meer fossiele as ooit tevore gekry

Meer menslike fossiele is al in die nuwe Rising Star-grot gekry as wat paleontoloë sedert 1935 in die Wieg van die Mensdom versamel het. Prof. Lee Berger van die Universiteit van die Witwatersrand (Wits) se Instituut vir Evolusionêre Studies het aan Die Burger vertel dat 1 500 individuele fossiele al in dié grot digby Sterkfontein gevind…

Mens braai al van toeka af lekker

Wanneer Suid-Afrikaners ’n tjoppie op die kole sit, doen hulle iets wat die moderne mens se voorsate al derduisende jare gelede die eerste keer gedoen het. Waar presies kom braai vandaan? Dit is hier in Suid-Afrika, by Swartkrans in Gauteng en naby die fossielryke Sterkfontein, waar prof. Bob Brain, paleontoloog, die oudste bewyse van die…