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Neo skull (Supplied, Wits University)
Neo skull (Supplied, Wits University)

You might have missed it after Buhle Mkhize hijacked the #HomoNaledi hashtag this week, but the truly stunning revelation announced by Wits University’s celebrity paleoanthropologist, Professor Lee Berger, suggests that early humans actually lived alongside Homo naledi.

According to the long-awaited carbon-dating results, our primitive human ancestor is in fact millions of years younger than initially thought – a discovery that could rewrite the history of Africa, and humanity.

Berger this week explained: “Until recently, every scientist who would have [examined] the Homo naledi remains that we announced in 2015 would have said that they [were] millions of years old. Maybe 2 million, maybe 2.5 million, based on their primitive anatomy. But they are in fact 10 times younger than that, emerging some time between 335 000 and 236 000 years ago.”

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