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Homo Naledi facial reconstruction. Source: Cicero Moraes / CC by SA 4.0.

Discovering Homo Naledi’s Meaningful Burials (Video)


In the world of groundbreaking discoveries, the revelation that Homo naledi practiced burial rituals and employed symbols for communication stands as a potent reminder that our understanding of our ancient ancestors is ever-evolving. As part of the Rising Star program, dedicated researchers uncovered this remarkable evidence. In the depths of a remote cave system, they stumbled upon the remains of Homo naledi, a species with a brain size closer to that of a chimpanzee than a human that lived between 250,000 and 350,000 years ago. Yet, these beings held a secret that would challenge our notions of what it means to be human.

As they delved further into this enigmatic species, the evidence became clear. The cave walls bore engravings, symbols that spoke of a culture that once thrived in the depths of the Earth. It was an astonishing revelation: Homo naledi not only buried their dead but also used symbols for communication. This discovery, with far-reaching implications, shatters the concept of human exceptionalism. It beckons us to rethink our place in the grand tapestry of life, realizing that we share this world not only with each other but with other species that possessed their own rich and meaningful cultures.

Top image: Homo Naledi facial reconstruction. Source: Cicero Moraes / CC by SA 4.0.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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