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MEDIA BRIEFING: New fossil find unveiled in Maropeng, Johannesburg

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Streamed live on Sep 10, 2015

A new fossil discovery in the Cradle of Humankind, 50 kilometres from Johannesburg, has deepened the mystery around the origins of humankind.

The discovery of a new human relative species, Homo naledi, was announced on Thursday by the University of the Witwatersrand, the National Geographic Society and the Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation.

An international team of scientists took part in the find and have described it as the single largest fossil hominin (modern/extinct human species) find ever made in Africa.

The Cradle of Humankind is a Unesco World Heritage Site known for its rich and diverse fossil record.

Parts of 15 individuals of the Homo naledi species were recovered in an area not far from the Sterkfontein Caves, where human ancestors "Mrs Ples" and "Little Foot", were discovered in 1947 and 1994 respectively.

For in-depth analysis, interviews and news on #HomoNaledi, go to
http://www.enca.com/coverage/fossil-f...

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