Of the two adults, one is identified only by a jaw and leg bones.But the skeleton of the third individual, dubbed 'Neo' is remarkably complete.Professor Paul Dirks, who led the study, said: 'The oldest dated fossils of Homo sapiens in Africa are around 200,000 years old.'And now we have a very primitive looking hominid that probably existed at the same time as them.'This is the first time one of these primitive hominids has been found in association with more modern humans in Africa.'Professor Dirks said the implications of the new dates are profound.Well beyond what paleo-anthropologists predicted to be possible.'These new fossils were found in a chamber some distance from the Dinaledi Chamber - the cave where Homo naledi was originally found.The researchers suggest that this shows that the Homo naledi was storing its dead – a surprising behaviour that suggests the species was intelligent.Dr John Hawks, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who led the study that found the new remains, said: 'This likely adds weight to the hypothesis that Homo naledi was using dark, remote places to cache its dead.'What are the odds of a second, almost identical occurrence happening by chance?
Well beyond what paleo-anthropologists predicted to be possible.'Organisation: James Cook University in Queensland What they did: Analysed and dated the original fossils of the hominid Homo naledi, found in the Dinaledi Cave in 2013Key findings: Homo naledi lived in Africa between 236,000 and 335,000 years old.
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.
The 50,000-hectare (123,550-acre) area of hilly grasslands where the two were spelunking is recognized as the Cradle of Humankind, featuring a network of caves that has yielded nearly 40 percent of known hominid fossils, according to the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.