Digital Citizenship – Portfolio of Evidence

Question 2

Digital Literacy and Information Fluency
Use information fluency skills to analyse the ground-breaking archaeological findings (Homo Naledi) by Professor Lee Berger from Wits University. Use the information fluency process, ask, acquire, analyse, apply and assess to dissect the matter. In your discussion highlight the significance of this finding:
 Use a minimum of 300 words
 Create a separate page for your findings on the blog

Homo Naledi. Homo (any of a genus (Homo) of hominids that includes modern humans (H. sapiens) and several extinct related species), Naledi (star in Sesotho. A homage to where the bones were found).

Homo Naledi is a new species of human, discovered in September 2013 in the Rising Star cave system in the Cradle of Humankind. Paleoanthropologist Lee Berger, of Wits University, and his team discovered “about 300 numbered bone specimens” (Randolph-Quinney. 2015) in a chamber of the Rising Star cave system. Homo naledi appears to be primitive compared to its distant cousin homo sapien. It had a small brain, ape-like shoulders, and modern hands but with curved fingers, “skinny longbones (indicating a slender stature), a primitive Lucy-like hip” (Mccoy. 2015), and feet that are in no way similar to that of a human. They also had teeth that had some human-like features (molar surfaces) but also with some primitive features (premolar roots) (Mccoy. 2015).

The scattering of the bones in the cave seem to indicate some kind of ritualistic burial. “Disposal of the dead brings closure for the living, confers respect on the departed, or abets their transition to the next life.” (Shreeve. 2015). These traits are traits of humanity, and as Berger has stated, Homo naledi was not human, which makes these actions all the more interesting.

Scientists interpret this discovery to indicate human evolution from non-humans. If this is found to be true, all previous notions of human ancestry will be overturned. And we as humans will question where we came from and how mankind has evolved through time.

**All references to be shown in the 10th post of my portfolio.


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