Dear MEL School’s Topic Readers,
New human-like species discovered in S Africa
Ardipithecus ramidus (4.4 million years ago), Australopithecus afarensis (3.9 - 2.9 million years ago) and Homo habilis (2.8 - 1.5 million years ago) existed before more widely known human-like species, such as Homo neanderthalensis (200,000 years - 40,000 years), Homo sapiens (200,000 years - present) emerged. Now, remains of new human-like species were found in South Africa that could fill the gap between those primitive and modern species. It’s called Homo naledi, which has small, modern-looking teeth, human-like feet but primitive fingers and a small braincase.
It’s a lifetime dream for any anthropologist to make such a historic discovery. This time, not only the exploration team but the science world is also excited about this emergence of new human kind.
Enjoy reading and learning about the discovery and history of human-like species.