To follow up on this, here is the PBS documentary on the new (& absolutely incredible!) homo naledi.
I’ve been on a bit of a human prehistory kick for the past month, too. I was brainwashed with creationism growing up, so most of our evolutionary history used to register as fictional in my mind. Somehow that makes our human ancestry even cooler than dinosaurs to me. (My partner tells me I’m crazy to rank this above dinosaurs, and I tell her that, yeah, I used to be.) For whatever reason, I never went back much further than about 10,000 years ago to the beginnings of domestication, until last month that is. And now I can’t stop. I’ve been devouring as much human prehistory as I can get my hands on. And then this was announced, right in the middle of it!
I’m just overjoyed to be part of a species that can look back on its own history in such staggering detail, at a time when we know so much.