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

dc.citation.doi10.7554/eLife.24232en_ZA
dc.contributor.authorHawks, J.
dc.contributor.authorElliott, M.
dc.contributor.authorSchmid, P.
dc.contributor.authorChurchill, S.E.
dc.contributor.authorde Ruiter, D.J.
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, E.M.
dc.contributor.authorHilbert-Wolf, H.
dc.contributor.authorGarvin, H.M.
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, S.A.
dc.contributor.authorDelezene, L.K.
dc.contributor.authorFeuerriegel, E.M.
dc.contributor.authorRandolph-Quinney, P.
dc.contributor.authorKivell, T.L.
dc.contributor.authorLaird, M.F.
dc.contributor.authorTawane, G.
dc.contributor.authorDeSilva, J.M.
dc.contributor.authorBailey, S.E.
dc.contributor.authorBrophy, J.K.
dc.contributor.authorMeyer, M.R.
dc.contributor.authorSkinner, M.M.
dc.contributor.authorTocheri, M.W.
dc.contributor.authorVanSickle, C.
dc.contributor.authorWalker, C.S.
dc.contributor.authorCampbell, T.L.
dc.contributor.authorKuhn, B.
dc.contributor.authorKruger, A.
dc.contributor.authorTucker, S.
dc.contributor.authorGurtov, A.
dc.contributor.authorHlophe, N.
dc.contributor.authorHunter, R.
dc.contributor.authorMorris, H.
dc.contributor.authorPeixotto, B.
dc.contributor.authorRamalepa, M.
dc.contributor.authorvan Rooyen, D.
dc.contributor.authorTsikoane, M.
dc.contributor.authorBoshoff, P.
dc.contributor.authorDirks, P.H.G.M.
dc.contributor.authorBerger, L.R.
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-22T08:55:46Z
dc.date.available2017-05-22T08:55:46Z
dc.date.issued2017-05
dc.description.abstractThe 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.description.librarianSP2017en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationHawks, 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.issn2050-084X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10539/22676
dc.journal.titleeLifeen_ZA
dc.journal.volume6en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publishereLife Sciences Publications Ltden_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.subjectHomo naledien_ZA
dc.subjectfossilsen_ZA
dc.subjectLesedi Chamberen_ZA
dc.subjectSOUTH AFRICAen_ZA
dc.subjectRising Star caveen_ZA
dc.subjecthomininen_ZA
dc.titleNew fossil remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africaen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
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