Monday, November 29

250,000-year-old primitive human skeleton found in South African cave

The remains of a primitive human child have been found in a cave in South Africa, AP and AFP news agency reported.

A research team led by Professor Lee Berger of the University of Wittwatersland in Johannesburg announced the discovery of the skull and some teeth of a child, Homo naledi, a primitive human being.

This child died about 250,000 years ago and is estimated to be 4 or 6 years old at the time.

The remains were found in a secluded part of the cave.

The research team said in a statement that the body may have been deliberately placed in a kind of tomb.

Homo naledi is a species of primitive human found in the Rising Star Caves, the ‘Cradle of Mankind’, 50 km northwest of Johannesburg.

Homo naledi dates back to the Middle Pleistocene period, 335,000 to 236,000 years ago.

The first findings, first revealed in 2015, were 1,550 bone fragments and teeth, and it was estimated that at least 15 people were found.

“Homo naledi is a primordial human species, but it is mysterious in that it comes from a time when we thought there were only modern humans in Africa,” Berger said.

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