My dearest gravelers,
Much has happened over the last few months, but I want to spend this post talking about the biggest thing of all to happen...
HOMO NALEDI HAS AN AGE, YOU GUYS! It took two years, but we did it! When I say we, I really mean Paul Dirks, Eric Roberts, Hannah Hilbert-Wolf, Christa Placzek, Carl Spandler, Jessie Robbins, and Jelle Wiersma. Great job everyone!
An age of 234 - 335 ka, that is very significant, and there is going to be a lot of speculation regarding these ages and what they mean. Also a lot of speculation surrounding the discoveries in the second chamber. Who is sold on the idea of deliberate burial? We are but mere sedimentologists, we should leave that up to palaeoanthropologists.
This month on Where in the World is Eric Roberts?
After returning from a week in Calgary, Canada, Eric Roberts is now in South Africa in the Cradle of Humankind announcing the ages for Homo naledi. We expect he'll be back in the jungle in a bit over a week.
... until next time...