See How Scientists Identified Our New Human Ancestor

September 10, 2015 - Scientists from all over the world came together to analyze the bones belonging to Homo naledia human ancestor newly discovered in South Africa. Led by paleoanthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger, this team of experts compared the morphology of the naledi fossils with other early hominins to learn more about the new members and how they might fit within the human family.

Read the finds described in two papers published in the journal eLife.

Click here to read more about the Homo naledi discovery. 

A NOVA/National Geographic special, “Dawn of Humanity,” premieres Sept. 16, 2015, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on PBS in the U.S.