Homo naledi age and new fossil discoveries media launch

The new Homo naledi "Neo" skeleton and skull display unveiled

Homo naledi was very different from archaic humans that lived around the same time. Left: Kabwe skull from Zambia, an archaic human. Right: ''Neo'' skull of Homo naledi.


Welcome address from Professor Adam Habib, University of the Witwatersrand Vice Chancellor and Principal at the Homo Naledi Almost Human media announcement at Maropeng.

Professor Lee Berger announcing the age of Homo naledi and significant fossil hominin discoveries made in the Rising Star Cave system.

Professor Paul Dirks taking everyone through the dating process of Homo naledi

View of new skeleton composed from about 15 different Homo naledi individuals

Homo naledi's age was determined using six techniques at 11 laboratories across the globe to corroborate the age to a solid point.

Professor Lee Berger places Homo naledi's age at being 236 000 - 335 000 years old.

Professor Lee Berger being interviewed by media at the launch

Professor Paul Dirks discussing the dating techniques used.

Professor Lee Berger discusses the significance of the recent finds on the Homo naledi collection as a whole.

Professors surround the Homo naledi fossil display as David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Provincial Government gets a closer look.

Premier of Guateng Provincial Government David Makhura proudly inspects the Homo naledi Neo skull cast.

A close up of the Homo naledi Neo fossil display.

Slide showing species teeth

Professor John Hawks speaks about the Homo naledi discoveries

The announcement of Homo naledi's surprisingly young age and revelations of significant discoveries that have been made within the Rising Star Cave system, places this population of small brained primitive hominins at a place and time when it is likely that they lived alongside Homo sapiens.

The presence of a second chamber named Lesedi Chamber, found quiet a distance from the first chamber, Dinaledi Chamber, has produced more than 130 hominin specimens.

Among the individuals are the skeletal remains of two adults, one with a spectacularly complete skull, and at least one child.

The mostly complete skeleton was named Neo and finally allows scientists to look into the face of Homo naledi.