SA scientist behind Homo Naledi discovery named among TIME's 100 - htxt.africa

edited August 2016 in Site discussion

imageSA scientist behind Homo Naledi discovery named among TIME's 100 - htxt.africa

Lee Berger has been featured in the 2016 TIME 100 Pioneers category.

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  • Prof.Berger & team did a fantastic excavation, but unfortunately their interpretations are anthropocentric (predarwinian). Naledi lay in mudstone = fossilised in stagnant water. Naledi had curved hand-bones = vertical climbing in trees. Naledi had flat feet as in humans & fetal African apes = opposite of running-feet (ostrich, kangaroo, zebra, dog etc.), but typical of wading or swimming animals. Biologically, the picture is clear, google e.g. "bonobo wading" illustrations. Lowland gorillas & bonobos sometimes wade bipedally in forest swamps & wetlands for sedges, waterlilies etc., but Naledi did this apparently a lot more frequently. They died where they fed, their bones sank in the mud, the limestone underground eroded, and the mudstone + fossils little by little slid or fell in the cave. No need for prof.Berger's far-fetched anthropocentrisms of "deliberate burials", "tool making", "savanna running" & "human ancestors". It was a completely natural fossilisation, probably of some sort of wetland bonobo, not Homo IMO, but rather Australopithecus: Naledi's humanlike traits are not derived-human, but primitive-hominid, e.g. bonobos in the past had flatter feet, but "only as it approaches its birth does its foot acquire the appearance of a hand" (C.Coon). Prof.Berger & team did deserve to be among 2016's most influential scientists, for their excavation, but not for their interpretations.
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