Human Evolution @ UCL


New Estimates for the age of the Rising Star remains

25 November 2015

Recent discoveries of more than 1500 hominin fossils from the site of Rising Star in the South African Cradle of Humankind, attributed to a new species (Homo naledi),1 have attracted global interest.

As yet no secure date for this extraordinary material has been obtained, and the relationship of this species to other Plio-Pleistocene taxa has been greatly debated in the media. Here I report results of morphometric analyses that may facilitate an assessment of the age and affinities of crania attributed to H. naledi.

Francis Thackeray discusses his analysis in this paper.