A child’s skull found deep inside a South African cave offers new clues about a group of mysterious human ancestors

Sunday 14th November 2021

Homo naledi
Homo naledi

Anthropologists Marina Elliott and Becca Peixotto found themselves squeezing through a tight tunnel four years ago, nearly 300 feet underground. They were searching for ancient human remains in a network of caves near Johannesburg, South Africa.

With only headlamps to guide them through the cave system, called Rising Star, the duo scrambled over boulders until they came upon a narrow shaft. Only one could enter the shaft at a time, so Peixotto pretzeled her body around the corner.

There she saw them, on a limestone shelf: teeth and fragments of skull belonging to a Homo naledi child.

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Richard Freeman
Richard Freeman has been the zoological director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1997, and has authored a number of books on the subject of Cryptozoology. He has carried out many major expeditions in search of mystery animals. He also writes fiction.