Holo Naledi Research Paper

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Through a paleoanthropological scope, the development of modern humans resulted from a process known as hominization. Modern human beings possess a wide range of extraordinary intricate abilities that reflects the complexity of such process. To decipher the specifics of this ancient past, scientist heavily rely on the fossil record. However, the morphological epistemology has become more and more questionable as new archeological findings arise complicating the picture of human evolution, but this is not the case when it comes to the picture painted by Chris Stringer in his book, Lone Survivors: How we Came to Be the Only Humans Alive. Homo. naledi, a recent addition to the Homo genus supports Stringer’s Out of Africa Theory by aligning with …show more content…
look closely at a new hominin discovery in South Africa. On October 2013 Homo. naledi fossils were found in the treasure trove of the Dinaledi Chamber best known as the Rising Star Cave. The discovery awoke curiosity among many scientists due to its peculiarity. With distinctive features as well as some human-like, and others Australopiths-like features, Homo. naledi till this day remains the largest recovery of hominin specimens in South Africa recorded in the fossil record. Its exact relationship to modern humans remains unknown. Nevertheless, to piece together the evolutionary history archeologists are extremely dedicated to finding the dates that correspond to the assemblage of fossils. Various speculations regarding the role that Homo. naledi played in human evolution have been formulated, but none with the exception of the classification of Homo. naledi as part of the Homo genus have been set in …show more content…
naledi’s well preserved specimens aids the notion discussed in Stringer’s book that distinct humans coexisted. Berger et al. explain that, “The Dinaledi collection is the richest assemblage of associated fossil hominins ever discovered in Africa...it has the most comprehensive representation of skeletal elements across the lifespan” (24). This illustrates the good condition these fossils were found in. If these fossils had been in bad shape chances were the bones had been buried by a natural disaster or by the washing up of waves. The preservation of Homo. naledi remains may be attributed to purposeful burial. Relatively speaking, purposeful burial is a fairly new concept of cultural adaptation that before the discovery of Homo. naledi Stringer and other professionals in the field thought was only relevant to Neanderthals and Homo. sapiens which coexisted. Now that evidence suggests that Homo. naledi also practiced intentional burial perhaps at a point Homo. naledi also coexisted with Neanderthals and Homo. Sapiens. Such an extensive collection of fossils hints at a very important idea; fossils are indicators of cultural similarities like that of purposeful burial, among species that can help establish relationships of

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