200,000-Year-Old Burial Rethinks Human History

A reconstruction of Homo naledi's head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans.

For many decades, we have understood the Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals as the only intelligent species in the Homo family. Our oldest finds of symbols painted on cave walls and “ritualistic” burials have only solidified that understanding as they don’t go further than the first appearances of Neanderthals. Homo Naledi is an extinct species of … Read more