Homo naledi’s surprisingly young age opens up more questions on where we come from

Wits University Media Release – 9 May 2017 Johannesburg. – Scientists today announced that the Rising Star Cave system has revealed yet more important discoveries, only a year and a half after it was announced that the richest fossil hominin site in Africa had been discovered, and that it contained a new hominin species named … Continued

MORE GORILLA THAN CHIMP

  A study that for the first time examined the internal anatomy of a fossil human relative’s heel bone, or calcaneus, showed greater similarities with gorillas than chimps. MEDIA RELEASE FROM WITS UNIVERSITY The study, titled: Trabecular architecture in the StW 352 fossil hominin calcaneus and published in the Journal of Human Evolution, was undertaken by … Continued

OLDEST HUMAN CANCER FOUND IN SA FOSSIL

Cancer on a Paleo-diet? Ask someone who lived 1.7 million years ago.   Johannesburg, South Africa – an international team of researchers led by scientists from the University of the Witwatersrand’s Evolutionary Studies Institute and the South African Centre for Excellence in PalaeoSciences today announced in two papers, published in the South African Journal of … Continued