The discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils in South Africa has changed the theory of evolution as we know it. This non-human species was discovered in a South African cave, deep within a seven and a half-inch crevice and a few foot drop to a tiny chamber. The discovery was revolutionary in the sense that it provided evidence that modern humans and Neanderthals were in-fact, not the first to bury their dead. The bones of the creature were found deep in the cave and appeared to be deposited over century’s time, and without evidence of predatory attack, suggesting that they were placed there deliberately. Homo Naledi is described to be at the base of the lineage that leads to modern humans, as scientists have never before seen a hominid with such primitive features accompanied by advanced physical characteristics. When a study was done on the teeth of the specimen, it was found that the molar crowns were small with five cups like modern humans, but the premolar roots were extremely primitive. This conclusion baffled scientists, as they went on to discover more and more astonishing features. The structure of Homo Naledi’s body was strangely similar to ours, but only from the bottom of the pelvis and down. Steve Churchill, a paleontologist from Duke University described the relation: “You could almost draw a line through the hips—primitive above, modern below.” The brain however, proved to be much different than modern humans, as it was less than half the size of ours, and significantly less than that of Homo erectus. Scientists were struck at the small size of the brain relative to the modern-human sized bodies. Aside from their physical features, scientists were most struck by their practice of burying their dead, a human action now being practiced by a non-human with a small brain. Homo Naledi still remains a mystery in its age and behavior. But it does clue us in to the theory of Bigfoot being a primitive human. Lee Berger, a paleoanthropologist studying the case, suggests that modern humans did not evolve from a single ancestor. The human family tree does not draw back to a single starting point, but rather several “channels” that seem to lead back to each other in the end. The discovery of Homo Naledi is significant in the world of hominids, and provides a clue to the mystery of Bigfoot. Bigfoot is described to be somewhat primitive in physicality, but possessing a human-like face and demonstrating human-like actions. If Bigfoot is a hominid, no matter the degree of their intelligence, they could be capable of burying their dead, which would explain why we don’t find remains. Modern humans are the most advanced species of Homo known today, but that could easily change with discovery. Recently, more and more uncovering of the true intelligence of hominids and Neanderthals has been re-writing the theory of evolution, and suggesting that modern humans are perhaps not the only highly intelligent species that lived…or live…If bigfoot is able to remain so elusive, bury their dead, and form family groups as seen in many studies and reports, then perhaps their discovery could re-write history. Could Bigfoot be more intelligent than modern humans? Perhaps we will never know.
"This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?" National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.
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