Additional information has come to light regarding the age of H. naledi. This species has been dated at between 335-236 kya [thousand years ago]. What this date does is to place H. naledi at a time and place within the realm of archaic modern humans which means they lived for a time alongside modern humans in South Africa. This is highly significant because it is the first time paleoanthropologists have demonstrated that another species of hominin survived alongside modern humans IN AFRICA. These dates are for the fossil finds found in the Dinaledi section of the Rising Star Cave system.
As I mentioned in the post above the discovery of a second cave adds support for the hypothesis that H. naledi was using this cave system to basically dispose of their dead. This has been considered a behavior of modern humans and Neanderthals but now it appears we have yet another hominin species that also disposed of their dead and this shows that they were not animatistic but human. Continue Reading