In southern Africa found the remains of 15 partially preserved skeletons related to the modern human species that lived on our planet about 3 million years ago.
In an article published in the journal Elife, it is emphasized that this discovery radically changes representation about ancient mammals and is one of the most important in recent times.
Professor Lee Berger, who led the expedition, in an interview with bi-Bi-si has declared, that anything similar has never seen and even imagined that such discovery is possible at all. He also said that, in his opinion, these creatures were one of the first in the chain leading to modern man.
“Finding the first bones, we hoped to detect at least the remains of one being, and as a result found a few skeletons. By the end of three weeks the expedition emerged that found the largest burial place of the remains of relatives of human rights in the history of Africa,” says the Professor.
Who is he – Homo naledi?
15 skeletons, the bones of which are perfectly preserved, were found in an underground cave.
Representatives of the new species was named Homo naledi. Scientists have attributed them to the genus Homo, which includes modern man, and believe that these creatures had the ability to some sort of ritual behavior. Continue reading
The people settled in South America in a single migration wave, soon after their ancestors first came from Siberia to the Western hemisphere.
Settlement in South America was discussed in a paper presented at the annual conference of the society of American archaeology in San Francisco. The work is based on DNA extracted from the remains of five ancient people who lived in the Peruvian Andes.
The most ancient Parking in South America – Monte Verde – has an age of about 14,6 thousand years. This date suggests that people quickly crossed two continents, through one or two thousand years after Beringovuy passed under the bridge. It is possible that the ancestors of the Americans were moving along the Pacific coast.
But some scientists believe that was the second wave of migration. They note that the elongated, narrow skull, which were the inhabitants of South America about five thousand years ago, too different from the round heads later the natives and modern native Americans. According to some researchers, the differences suggest that the waves of migration were more. Continue reading