A team of international and South African researchers have discovered fossil remains of an early hominid child in a cave in South Africa. The team announced the Homo Naledi child who died almost 250,000 years ago was approximately six years old. The discovery featured a partial skull and teeth found in a remote part of the cave.
This could suggest that the body was placed there on purpose, in what could have been a grave according to the team of researchers. Professor Guy Berger of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg said the placement “adds mystery as to how these remains came to be in these remote, dark spaces of the Rising Star Cave system,”
Berger was the man who led the team and made the announcement on Thursday. Homo Naledi refers to a species of archaic human found in the Rising Star Cave, Cradle of Humankind, 50 km northwest of Johannesburg. Homo Naledi dates all the way back to the Middle Pleistocene era, around 335,000 to 236,000 years ago.
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