Hu­man­ity gets a new species

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MORE THAN 1,500 well-pre­served bones and teeth, rep­re­sent­ing the largest, most com­plete set of hu­man fos­sils ever, have been found in South Africa's Mal­mani dolomites. The dis­cov­ery adds a new branch to the hu­man fam­ily tree, a species that has been named Homonaledi. "We couldn't match them to any­thing that ex­ists. It is clearly a new species," says John Hawks, a Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin-Madi­son pa­le­oan­thro­pol­o­gist, who co-di­rected the anal­y­sis of the fos­sils. The fos­sils are yet to be dated. eLife, Septem­ber 10

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