Newest Addition To Evolution’s Family Tree Probably Climbed Trees, Used Tools

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Photo: Homo Naledi Full Skeleton

If the story of human evolution is a puzzle, scientists recently found another piece. Last month, a team of researchers announced the bones of a new human ancestor were recovered from a narrow cave in South Africa. Now, the work is underway to find out as much as possible about Homo naledi. Since the hands of the species can reveal a lot about how it spent it's days -- scientists started there. Caley Orr is assistant professor of Cell and Developmental biology at CU Anschutz, and helped examine the hand of this new species. Orr spoke to Nathan Heffel.

Link: Datasets and 3D models of Homo naledi at MorphoSource

Photo: Homo Naledi Hand Bones
Photo: Homo Naledi Skull