WHO IS HOMO NALEDI?
Happy New Year to all who celebrate January 1st as the beginning of a new year. And Happy New Year even to those who don’t! The new year is a funny thing. It is a beginning for new things and changes and yet it is the continuing of life as we know it.
So with that in mind, who is Homo Naledi? Most of us are familiar, digging deep into our school lesson memory, with such names as Homo erectus, Homo habilis, and Homo sapiens. But Homo naledi? Who are these people?
Discovered in 2013, fifteen individuals including children and women have left over 1,500 bones in a cave located west of Johannesburg in South Africa.
“H. naledi has been described as having features ‘similar to early Homo species including Homo erectus, Homo habilis and Homo rudolfensis’. There are increasing numbers of
evolutionary paleoanthropologists who today argue that these are arbitrary species designations of variations of mankind. ‘In other words, instead of Africa once being home to multiple human species such as Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Homo ergaster and Homo rudolfensis, all of these specimens may actually simply be Homo erectus.’ Scientists such as Wolpoff as far back as 2001 argued that these should really all be included under H. sapiens, human beings…So why label the remains Homo naledi if there is so much indication that these may have been ordinary humans with some unique anatomical variations just as there are variations today between different people groups but all descended from the first two people created by God—Adam and Eve?”1
|Note the rounded bottom jaw and skull, typical of humans not apes|
|Straight finger bones indicated human origins as opposed|
to apes who have curved finger bones
|Homo naledi look virtually the same as the|
two “known” human skulls below. the elongated
brow ridge and teeth are due to old age.
Even more interesting is that these scientists don’t want to date these bones. Though it is apparent they are trying to make H. naledi a missing link, “A glaring omission is the lack of any effort to date the bones. Hints are given that the scientists involved would like to see them around 2 million years old, which would then help place them as perfect ‘links’ between Australopithecus and Homo by evolutionary assumptions. Berger’s excuse for this omission is that he ‘didn’t feel it ethical to destroy hominin material until it had been described; dating the specimen would mean the destruction of the material.’ As more than 1,500 pieces have been removed and examined, and by their own admission possibly thousands more remain in the chamber, surely they could have sacrificed just one
|Human skull, commons|
|human skull, commons|
bone for radiometric dating?”2 And the scientists repeatedly refer to their finds as bones, not fossils. And indeed most of the bones are only partially fossilized or not at all.
Whatever the final decision is about H. naledi, the remains “are either those of an ape ‘kind’, or of mankind, and if the latter, descendants of the historical Adam and Eve. They probably died during the post-Babel period, within the past few thousand years.”3
We can always trust and believe in the unaltered truth of the Bible. Therefore we don’t need to worry or be afraid of the truth suddenly changing for God’s Word never does. And neither does his great, great love for you and me.
Until next time, God bless, take care and Happy New Year!