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From the Ted Talk by Juliet Brophy: How a new species of ancestors is changing our theory of human evolution

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Ultimately, after much dieaieblortn, we decided the Rising Star specimens did indeed warrant a new species, which we called "Homo naledi." From the head to the feet, the fossils present a mosaic of pmiiivtre, or ancestral, and derived or more modern-like fetueras. The skull is quite derived, aarpeinpg most similar to erlay representatives of the genus Homo, like Homo habilis and Homo erectus. However, the brain is scarcely half the size of a meordn human one. One that is smaller than any other early Homo that has ever been found.

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Ultimately, after much ____________, we decided the Rising Star specimens did indeed warrant a new species, which we called "Homo naledi." From the head to the feet, the fossils present a mosaic of _________, or ancestral, and derived or more modern-like ________. The skull is quite derived, _________ most similar to _____ representatives of the genus Homo, like Homo habilis and Homo erectus. However, the brain is scarcely half the size of a ______ human one. One that is smaller than any other early Homo that has ever been found.

Solution

  1. deliberation
  2. modern
  3. early
  4. appearing
  5. primitive
  6. features

Original Text

Ultimately, after much deliberation, we decided the Rising Star specimens did indeed warrant a new species, which we called "Homo naledi." From the head to the feet, the fossils present a mosaic of primitive, or ancestral, and derived or more modern-like features. The skull is quite derived, appearing most similar to early representatives of the genus Homo, like Homo habilis and Homo erectus. However, the brain is scarcely half the size of a modern human one. One that is smaller than any other early Homo that has ever been found.

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