Shared African Grandmothers – What Did They Know and When?

Majid Ali, M.D.

Some Two Million Years Story

Some Clues

Here are some quotes from The New York Times of September 11, 2015:

“… a large, dark chamber for the dead of a previously unidentified species of the early human lineage — Homo naledi. (found in South Africa).

Ritualized Treatment of the Dead Two Million Years Ago

Besides introducing a new member of the prehuman family, the discovery suggests that some early hominins intentionally deposited bodies of their dead in a remote and largely inaccessible cave chamber, a behavior previously considered limited to modern humans. Some of the scientists referred to the practice as a ritualized treatment of their dead, but by “ritual” they said they meant a deliberate and repeated practice, not necessarily a kind of religious rite.

Here is some more text from the Times

Analyzing the H. naledi fossils have not yet nailed down their age, which is difficult to measure because of the muddled chamber sediments and the absence of other fauna remains nearby. Some of its primitive anatomy, like a brain Researchers no larger than an average orange, Dr. Berger said, indicated that the species evolved near or at the root of the Homo genus, meaning it must be in excess of 2.5 million to 2.8 million years old. Geologists think the cave is no older than three million years.

And Some More

“…analysis of the feet of the new species, which he said are “virtually indistinguishable from those of modern humans.” These feet, combined with its long legs, suggest that H. naledi was well suited for upright long-distance walking, …”

For more on the subject, please consider other articles in my Grandmotherland Series at this web site.

Grandmotherland Video Series

Grandmotherland Video Series

Our Shared African Grandmothers Video Series

 Our Shared African Grandmothers Series – Part One

 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Two – Grandmothers’ Healing Science of Love

 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Three – How Did I First Imagined Them?

 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Four – Moon Shot

 Our Shared African Grandmothers – Part Five – The Scientific Way

 Our Shared African Grandmothers Series – Part One

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