Few things come with more global bragging rights than being named in TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list and this year two South Africans cracked the nod. Well one and a half. WITS university archeologist, Lee Berger was included this year for his pioneering work in discovering Homo Naledi…a new human ancestestor that lived 2.5 million years ago. The other local to make the list is Charlize Theron who has been recognised for her HIV prevention work in Southern Africa.
Ok so Charlize lives in the US now, but she’s still South African so we are claiming it.
“Lee Berger, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, has had a huge year. Berger rocked the fossil world with the news that he had found a new type of prehuman that lived perhaps 2.5 million years ago. The species, dubbed Homo naledi, may not have qualified as a missing link, but it was certainly a strange new one. Just as important was the state of the fossils—1,500 bones representing 15 individuals, one of the biggest collections of all time. They were found in a deep chamber, which, according to Berger, suggests that the species buried their dead, a trait associated only with Homo sapiens.” [TIME]
Well done Saffas.
To see the full TIME 100 Most Influential People click HERE.