Humans have a new ancestor – Homo naledi – a Johannesburg, South African man whose bones are so old they can’t even be dated. The man, along with at least 15 more of his ancestors, was discovered inside the Rising Star cave complex, which are located in an area known as the Cradle of Humankind. Radiocarbon dating only goes back 500,000 years, while the man and the other naledi appear to be at least 1 million years old.
Analysis of skull features indicate that the H. naledi are closer to human beings than Lucy and much more closely related to humans than chimpanzees and other primates. As such, H. naledi represents a key link in the evolutionary chain. The H. naledi are diminutive humans with small brains and bodies. They may be linked to other species which have been described as Hobbit-like, which came from Indonesia.