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Introducing Homo naledi

At the recent meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution in London, senior editor Sandra Ackerman documented the announcement of the fossil discovery of a new human species. Here's her summary.

September 24, 2015

From The Staff Biology Evolution

Introducing Homo naledi

At the recent meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution in London, senior editor Sandra Ackerman documented the announcement of the fossil discovery of a new human species. Here's her summary.

  1. Registration? Check. Plane ticket? Check. Passport? Locatable, I think.

  2. Looking forward to next week's meeting in London: Society for the Study of Human Evolution! #eshe2015
  3. A great open court, the visitor's first sight upon entering the museum, takes one's breath away. But right away we're due downstairs, in Meetingland...

  4. London: ESHE meeting, European Society for the Study of Human Evolution in beautiful setting, the British Museum: http://t.co/YUSOI49RRS
    London: ESHE meeting, European Society for the Study of Human Evolution in beautiful setting, the British Museum: pic.twitter.com/YUSOI49RRS
  5. ...where the setting is more familiar.

  6. Our senior editor, Sandra Ackerman, is live-tweeting fr the European Society for the study of Human Evolution conf.  https://twitter.com/sj_ackerman/status/641902654629801984 
  7. #ESHE2015 Today off to a brisk start: 5-min. talks, each with 20 slides appearing for exactly 20 secs. And . . . GO! @AmSciMag
  8. The audience is prepared to hear many specific reports.

  9. Fred Spoor, Univ. Coll. Lndn; classify fossil specimens by "method of exclusion"--find pairs that can't belong to same species. @AmSciMag
  10. Fred Spoor, Univ. Coll. London, by his method of exclusion arrives at new species from 2.8 mya, Homo naledi
  11. What we hear, in fact, is huge! A major announcement for humankind.

  12. Amazing images come streaming in from three continents.

  13. 12:01 am here in South Africa. I think it's time for #FossilFriday! Here's a proximal femur of #Homonaledi: http://t.co/eAz9oDZnZI
    12:01 am here in South Africa. I think it's time for #FossilFriday! Here's a proximal femur of #Homonaledi: pic.twitter.com/eAz9oDZnZI
  14. With full information come some early assessments:

  15. Frans de Waal on the newly discovered Homo naledi: "We are trying way too hard to deny that we are modified apes."  http://j.mp/1Lfojmx 
  16. Part of assemblage found today: new site, ironically in one of the first caves we saw driving in #LiveFromTheDig http://t.co/kFYFyW4QeM
    Part of assemblage found today: new site, ironically in one of the first caves we saw driving in #LiveFromTheDig pic.twitter.com/kFYFyW4QeM
  17. ...but every detail of this story will continue to fascinate us for a long time.

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