New fossil remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africa

Show simple item record Hawks, J. Elliott, M. Schmid, P. Churchill, S.E. de Ruiter, D.J. Roberts, E.M. Hilbert-Wolf, H. Garvin, H.M. Williams, S.A. Delezene, L.K. Feuerriegel, E.M. Randolph-Quinney, P. Kivell, T.L. Laird, M.F. Tawane, G. DeSilva, J.M. Bailey, S.E. Brophy, J.K. Meyer, M.R. Skinner, M.M. Tocheri, M.W. VanSickle, C. Walker, C.S. Campbell, T.L. Kuhn, B. Kruger, A. Tucker, S. Gurtov, A. Hlophe, N. Hunter, R. Morris, H. Peixotto, B. Ramalepa, M. van Rooyen, D. Tsikoane, M. Boshoff, P. Dirks, P.H.G.M. Berger, L.R. 2017-05-22T08:55:46Z 2017-05-22T08:55:46Z 2017-05
dc.identifier.citation Hawks, J. et al. 2017. New fossil remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africa. eLife 6: Article number e24232. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2050-084X
dc.description.abstract The Rising Star cave system has produced abundant fossil hominin remains within the Dinaledi Chamber, representing a minimum of 15 individuals attributed to Homo naledi. Further exploration led to the discovery of hominin material, now comprising 131 hominin specimens, within a second chamber, the Lesedi Chamber. The Lesedi Chamber is far separated from the Dinaledi Chamber within the Rising Star cave system, and represents a second depositional context for hominin remains. In each of three collection areas within the Lesedi Chamber, diagnostic skeletal material allows a clear attribution to H. naledi. Both adult and immature material is present. The hominin remains represent at least three individuals based upon duplication of elements, but more individuals are likely present based upon the spatial context. The most significant specimen is the near-complete cranium of a large individual, designated LES1, with an endocranial volume of approximately 610 ml and associated postcranial remains. The Lesedi Chamber skeletal sample extends our knowledge of the morphology and variation of H. naledi, and evidence of H. naledi from both recovery localities shows a consistent pattern of differentiation from other hominin species. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher eLife Sciences Publications Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. Hawks, J. et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited. en_ZA
dc.subject Homo naledi en_ZA
dc.subject fossils en_ZA
dc.subject Lesedi Chamber en_ZA
dc.subject SOUTH AFRICA en_ZA
dc.subject Rising Star cave en_ZA
dc.subject hominin en_ZA
dc.title New fossil remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 6 en_ZA
dc.journal.title eLife en_ZA
dc.description.librarian SP2017 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi 10.7554/eLife.24232 en_ZA

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