The scientific papers behind Homo naledi

The Rising Star expedition, which led to the groundbreaking Homo naledi find, is unique for a number of reasons.

These include the call for "skinny scientists" to become intrepid "underground astronauts", squeezing through the narrow chute in the Dinaledi cave system; the scale of international collaboration (more than 60 authors from around the world are involved in writing papers about the findings); and the fact that the search resulted in the largest collection of hominin fossils in Africa.

The discovery of Homo naledi has also piqued the curiosity of people around the world (just look at the discussions unfolding on social media).

Here are the first historic papers to come out of the discovery of Homo naledi:

The Rising Star team has also been publishing articles on the fascinating details of its find on the website of Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the Cradle of Humankind. Read them here.