National Geographic | September 2015

How These Female Cavers Recovered New Human Ancestor Fossils

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National Geographic | September 2015

Deep within a cave in South Africa, more than 1,200 individual bones of a new human ancestor, Homo naledi, were discovered. To recover the bones, six archaeologists had to rappel down underground shafts and squeeze through rocky passageways as narrow as 18 centimeters (8 in).