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Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind

In 2015 Wits University announced the discovery of the single largest fossil hominin find yet made in Africa: Homo naledi.

Now, together with Australopithecus sediba, these two rare fossils of our ancient human relatives will go on display for the first time to international audiences when they are exhibited at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas, from 19 October 2019.

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The discovery of Homo naledi is "one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century”, according to National Geographic. While the the fossil skeletons of Au. sediba are so complete that scientists can see what entire skeletons looked like near the time when Homo evolved.

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Homo naledi

The single largest fossil hominin find yet made on the continent of Africa