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New Fossils of 360 Million Year-Old Fishes Discovered

  New Fossils of 360 Million Year-Old Fishes Discovered New fossil specimens of the Coelacanth fish known as “Serenichthys kowiensis” has been found in South Africa on the Eastern Cape, near Grahamstown. The fossils came from black shale which was revealed after local road construction disturbed the area at the site known as Waterloo Farm. These ancient underwater dwellers are some of the oldest in the world and can inhabit the waters at depths of around 2,300 feet (although most dwell at depths of around 300-600 feet). It’s thought by scientists and evolutionary biologists that these fish first appeared on the geological time...

An artist's forensic depiction of 'homo naledi', man's newest ancestor. (Mark Theissen/National Geographic) 1

New Potential Species in Human Lineage Discovered

New Potential Species in Human Lineage Discovered A group of scientists have unearthed a potential candidate for ‘new species of human’—one that could shake the very foundation of our understanding of our evolution and even our identity among mammalians. The newest (or is it oldest?) potential members of our humanoid family tree are being termed “Homo naledi.” The team, comprised mostly of intrepid, cave-navigating women, discovered and classified the fossils under the guidance of Lee Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The University was located relatively close to where the remains were located in the Rising Star Cave...