Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa

Berger, Lee R and Hawks, John and de Ruiter, Darryl J and Churchill, Steven E and Schmid, Peter and Delezene, Lucas K and Kivell, Tracy L. and Garvin, Heather M and Williams, Scott A and DeSilva, Jeremy M and Skinner, Matthew M. and Musiba, Charles M and Cameron, Noel and Holliday, Trenton W and Harcourt-Smith, William and Ackermann, Rebecca R and Bastir, Markus and Bogin, Barry and Bolter, Debra and Borphy, Juliet and Cofran, Zachary D and Congdon, Kimberly A and Deane, Andrew S and Dembo, Mana and Drapeau, Michelle and Elliot, Marina C and Feuerriegel, Elen M and Garcia-Martinez, Daniel and Green, David J and Gurtov, Alia and Irish, Joel D and Kruger, Ashley and Laird, Myra F and Marchi, Damiano and Meyer, Marc R and Nalla, Shahed and Negash, Enquye W and Orr, Caley M and Radovcic, Davorka and Schroeder, Lauren and Scott, Jill E and Throckmorton, Zachary and Tocheri, Matthew W and VanSickle, Caroline and Walker, Christopher S and Pianpian, Wei and Zipfel, Bernard (2015) Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. eLife, . pp. 1-35. ISSN 2050-084X. (doi:https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.09560) (Full text available)

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Homo naledi is a previously-unknown species of extinct hominin discovered within the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star cave system, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. This species is characterized by body mass and stature similar to small-bodied human populations but a small endocranial volume similar to australopiths. Cranial morphology of H. naledi is unique, but most similar to early Homo species including Homo erectus, Homo habilis or Homo rudolfensis. While primitive, the dentition is generally small and simple in occlusal morphology. H. naledi has humanlike manipulatory adaptations of the hand and wrist. It also exhibits a humanlike foot and lower limb. These humanlike aspects are contrasted in the postcrania with a more primitive or australopith-like trunk, shoulder, pelvis and proximal femur. Representing at least 15 individuals with most skeletal elements repeated multiple times, this is the largest assemblage of a single species of hominins yet discovered in Africa.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Matthew Skinner
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2015 07:47 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2017 08:46 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50493 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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