Scientists have learned the features of the brain of ancient people Homo naledi

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Cape Town , May 16, 2018 , 14:43 – REGNUM Scientists from South Africa came to the conclusion that the brain volume of ancient people Homo naledi was about the same as in Australopithecus. This is reported in the journal PNAS. Scientists have studied the relief on the inner side of the skull Homo naledi, allowing to see large furrows and gyrus of the brain. The scientists built 3D models of this part of the bone and compared them with similar reliefs in Australopithecines, chimpanzees and modern humans. As it turned out, the shape of the relief was similar to the analogues of early humans – Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo floresiensis and Homo erectus, as well as modern people of Homo sapiens. It is noted that all members of the genus Homo have a small furrow, which is much shorter than that of chimpanzees and australopithecines. In addition, there is an asymmetry of the occipital lobe, which is associated with the development of linguistic abilities. Scientists suggested that these last common ancestors of the genus Homo could possess these abilities. According to scientists, now it is impossible to say why Homo naledi got a small brain volume, as in Australopithecus. He could get away from the last common ancestor. Read also: Ancient people could settle the Philippines about 700 thousand years ago

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