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>> South Africa's Maropeng Center has now opened an exhibit, which features the largest public display of hominim fossils ever. I'm Ed Stoddard for Reuters News, in The Cradle of Humankind, South Africa. The exhibit is going to feature over a thousand fragments from the species Homo Naledi, which was recently discovered.
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And which astonished scientists when they discovered the fact that it was about 300,000 years old. Which suggest the Homo Naledi was sharing space on the African continent with Homo Sapiens when we were emerging.>> There's almost a thousand bones of Homo Naledi from the Dinaledi Chamber. That was the original chamber we described back in 2015.
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And also behind that, the Lesedi Chamber. And that chamber has Neo in it, one of the most complete skeletons ever discovered. But, also the most complete skeleton of Homo Naledi.>> The exhibit is opening on Africa Day. Which is auspicious, as this place is called The Cradle of Humankind.
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And it comes in the wake of a paper, a controversial paper, which was published just a few days ago. Which suggests that humanity's ancient hominid roots may have actually emerged in Europe, rather than Africa. Scientists here today have expressed skepticism about that, and have staked the claim for Africa being, indeed, the cradle of human kind.