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Big Question: what is a human?

The discovery of a new human-like species raises questions about our origins

By Prospect Team  

Professor Adam Habib holds a reconstruction of Homo naledi at the discovery's announcement in South Africa. © AP Photo/Themba Hadebe

This week, scientists announced the discovery of a human-like species, whose remains were found deep in a cave in South Africa. Named naledi, the researchers believe the species could date back three million years and be the first of the genus to which we belong—Homo—and thus might teach us something important about humanity’s…

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