He began to lower himself, feet-first, into the narrow vertical opening.'It's exciting to find something new,' Tucker, now 27, told The Associated Press, trying to explain why he took the risk.
This suggests the species lived there alongside humans Organisation: University of Wisconsin-Madison What they did: Discovered new remains belonging to three Homo naledi - two adults and a child, including one they have named 'Neo', in a separate cave chamber Key findings: The new fossils were found in a chamber some distance from the Dinaledi Chamber - the cave where Homo naledi was originally found This suggests that the Homo naledi was storing its dead – a surprising behaviour that indicates the species was intelligent Analysis of a foot showed Homo naledi's feet share many features with a modern human foot, indicating it is well-adapted for standing and walking on two feet.
Pictured is a graphic summarising what is known about the species He said the structure of Homo naledi's hands meant it could have been a toolmaker.
This places this population of primitive small-brained hominins at a time and place that it is likely they lived alongside modern humans.
This is the first time that it has been demonstrated that another species of hominin survived alongside the first humans in Africa.
Deep within the Rising Star Cave system in South Africa, archaeologists have discovered the remains of at least three Hominin naledi.
The age of the remains has been revealed to be startlingly young, suggesting the species was alive sometime between 335,000 and 236,000 years ago.
Archaeologists in South Africa have discovered the remains of at least three Hominin naledi (skull of one is pictured).
The age of the remains has been revealed to be startlingly young, suggesting the species was alive sometime between 335,000 and 236,000 years ago Researchers from James Cook University in Queensland have been analysing fossils of the hominid Homo naledi, found deep in the Dinaledi Cave in South Africa's Rising Star cave system in 2013.
And suddenly at the bottom, it opens up into a large chamber with really stunning stalactites hanging from the ceiling,' Tucker said, hunching his shoulders and jutting his elbows out as he re-enacted the descent.