Homo Naledi Controversy
The words Homo Naledi have been on everyone’s lips the past two weeks, since scientists revealed the finding of a new common human ancestor. The racial controversy that has erupted over the ape like resemblance of the species has come as a surprise. South African Zwelinzima Vavi has been quoted widely on his views that the new species is a ploy to make Africans look bad. His divisive remarks have come as a response to racist comments on how the face of Homo Naledi resembles that of Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe.
The Homo Naledi species have brought to light the possibility that a type of human existed in Africa over a million years ago that practiced the burial of their dead. This sophisticated practice indicates that the Homo Naledi civilization may have been more advanced than would have been expected. Scientists are very excited at the finding of the Homo Naledi species and what information we can learn from their existence as to what is pertinent to us today. The Rising Star cave, where the remnants of Homo Naledi were found is not a new site and has been mined for over fifty years. The Homo Naledi cave has remained hidden due to the narrow rock passage that leads to it and the complete darkness that it is situated in.
So far, the facts about Homo Naledi that have created the most interest is the small size of the head, the curved hand and toe bones, which are said to have facilitated climbing. The straight leg bones indicate the ability to have walked upright for long distances. Research is said to be ongoing since it will be a while before all the remnants can be gathered. To date more than fifteen specimens have been recovered and it is not known how many more bones will be found at the site.