Modern Face and The Cardle of Humankind

Reconstruction of human evolution is an important part of science and technology where enormous amount of knowledge is being gained about our distant roots, evolution, habits and interaction with the enviroment including early settlements and adaptation to the living conditions on earth. Also, to give us information and feedbacks on how science and technology have impacted on us and living conditions on earth. Among basic instruments and tool for such reconstruction is archeology in particular ( and palaeo-sciences, e.g. South African Strategy for the Palaeosciences, the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Palaeosciences of t, in general.

Face Changes is related to historical path of the human story that goes back millions of years. But how do we reconstruct such complex evolution and retrieve all the necessary details with precise linkage to time? Here is one story that has puzzled humans for centuries, if not even longer.

Two years ago, a pair of recreational cavers entered a cave called Rising Star in the northwest of Johannesburg. In the back of their minds was another mission, as this region of South Africa produced so many fossils of our early ancestors that it later became known as the Cradle of Humankind, they were looking for bones.

This is the story of one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century, i.e. what regards understanding of human evolution. The face, skull, and teeth show enough modern features to justify H. naledi’s placement in the genus Homo. Artist Gurche spent some 700 hours reconstructing the head from bone scans, using bear fur for hair. A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor, scientists announced such findings in the journal eLife.

Here is the full stroy:

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