Getting Inside The Head Of Homo Naledi

The recently discovered species Homo naledi may have had a pint-sized brain, but that brain packed a big punch. New research by Ralph Holloway and colleagues—that include researchers from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa—published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examines the imprints of the brain upon the skulls of this species, called endocasts. The research highlights the human-like shape of naledi's tiny brain, surprising scientists who studied the fossils. These findings draw further into question the long-held belief that human evolution was an inevitable march towards bigger, more complex brains.

Getting Inside The Head Of Homo Naledi

Mon 14 May 18 from Discover Magazine

Mystery hominid species with a 'pint-sized' brain existed alongside the first humans

Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, analysed the brains of early humans that lived alongside a similar hominid species which had a 'pint sized' brain.

Mon 14 May 18 from Daily Mail

Homo naledi’s brain: Like ours, but smaller

Impressions on the inner surface of skull fragments reveal parts of Homo naledi's brain.

Mon 14 May 18 from Arstechnica

Homo naledi had a tiny brain but it looked a lot like ours

In Africa, between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago, a small-brained human-like species called Homo naledi roamed the landscape alongside other early humans with larger brains, including those ...

Mon 14 May 18 from Science Blog

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