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Dr. Juliet Brophy co-authors article in New York Times: Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa | eLife

Acting on a tip from spelunkers two years ago, scientists in South Africa discovered what the cavers had only dimly glimpsed through a crack in a limestone wall deep in the Rising Star cave: lots and lots of old bones.

The remains covered the earthen floor beyond the narrow opening. This was, the scientists concluded, a large, dark chamber for the dead of a previously unidentified species of the early human lineage — Homo naledi.

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