The discovery of an unknown human species from South Africa last year created a sensation that jolted the paleoanthropology community and captured public imagination. Furthermore, the core team who spearheaded the discovery claimed that the species followed a deliberate disposal system of its dead, a behavior considered exclusive to Homo sapiens. The viewpoint has recently been met with critique by an outside researcher.

A new species called Homo naledi, which was previously unknown, was discovered during excavations at the Rising Star Cave just outside of Johannesburg. The researchers contemplated that the location of the bodies inside indicated that the species had a system for disposing dead members. The conclusion was derived after observing the location of the Homo Naledi fossils, found in a chamber located around 10 meters under the ground. The cavers could reach it only after a steep climb through a pitch black tight passage covered with jagged rocks. FULL REPORT