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A group of scientists announced Thursday what they say is the of remains from an early of human beings.
Bones from the were found two years ago inside a cave at a United Nations World Heritage Site, near Johannesburg, South Africa. The South African has named the area the of Humankind because of its rich collection of ancient human-like remains.
The scientists are calling the new species, ‘Homo naledi’. The word naledi
“star” in South Africa’s Sesotho language. The scientists reported that about 1,500 bones have been from the cave. They said the bones come from at least 15 . The team reported its findings in the journal eLIFE.
Lead scientist Lee Berger works at the University of Witwatersrand. He said the discovery “was right under our nose in the most
valley of the continent of Africa.” Mr. Berger
to reporters Thursday in Johannesburg.