Details of the significant fossil discovery have been kept secret for years and were unveiled at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind at 11:00 today.
It’s a ground-breaking discovery that will help us better understand who we are and how we evolved.
It might also make us question what it truly is to be human.
A team of scientists and researchers, led by Wits University professor Lee Berger, believe they’ve unearthed a new species of human relative in the world’s richest hominin fossil site, the Cradle of Humankind.
Homo naledi is named after the chamber in which it was discovered, deep in the Rising Star caves.