Homo naledi

The morning shining star
The dawning of the day
Has Home sapien come that far
Questioning of our way
Naledi led me…
Or was it destiny
Is my will free?
So, this is humanity
I expect in retrospect
We will have to face
Our small braincase
Will our tiny brain remain
Could it be
Gorilla compared to Homo naledi
Someday could see me
Relative to a future relative
With the brain that’s tiny?

Homo naledi

Homo naledi

The following got me thinking — what if someday “modern man’s” brain is compared to mine? Will they say I have a small braincase?

In 2015, a new human-like species discovered in South Africa was named Homo naledi. Neledi is a Sotho name originated in South Africa meaning “the morning shining star”.

Homo naledi is different than any other primitive human. Naledi has a tiny brain that is about the size of a gorilla’s. The pelvis and shoulders are primitive, as well. Since it has a more progressive shaped skull, small teeth, and long legs and modern-looking feet, it was put into the same genus as humans.

“I saw something I thought I would never see in my career. It was a moment that 25 years as a paleoanthropologist had not prepared me for,” Prof Berger said.

Originally, the fossils were discovered in September 2013. While exploring the Rising Star cave system in South Africa, Rick Hunter and Steven Tucker of the Speleological Exploration Club (SEC) found a hidden chamber. The remains were thought to be 2 to 3 million years old; however, in 2017 new radiological dating estimated the bones were only 200 to 300 thousand years old.

It is quite possible Homo naledi and Homo Sapien were living together. Now, the search is on for DNA evidence to determine if there was inner-breeding.

Style: ExperiMental Music
Chords: F# D#m / D#sus4 C#6
Rhythm: 67 –> 134 BPM 8 Beat Soft and 60’s Rock
Recording: digital stereo

Vocals, Keyboards and Synthesizers

From the album The Bleeding Edge
by Daniel Brouse

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