Homo naledi was an ape—evidence from all sides points to this”.https://www.icr.org/article/homo-naledi-bones-not-ritually-buried
We suppose that expecting a retraction from National Geographic regarding the article which claimed that Homo naledi buried their dead is not forth coming.
National Geographic was quick to bring in their talented artists and article writers (story tellers) to “make up” images and a narrative around these fossils found in a cave in South Africa. Lee Berger and his team stuck tightly to the story believing it help promulgate a human behavior associated with a purposeful burial of their dead. See below the artistic impression on how these fossils likely ended up in the cave.
But new studies say all of this is nonsense!
(the remains were most likely) modern cave baboons and scavenged modern human corpses.Egeland, C. P. et al. 2018. Hominin skeletal part abundances and claims of deliberate disposal of corpses in the Middle Pleistocene. PNAS. 115 (18): 4601-4606. DOI.org/10.1073/pnas.1718678115.
These conclusions suggest Homo naledi was nothing more than an ape, similar to the australopith Lucy.O’Micks, J. 2016. Homo naledi Probably Not Part of the Human Holobaramin Based on Baraminic Re-Analysis Including Postcranial Evidence. Answers Research Journal. 9: 263-272.
O’Micks, J. 2017. Further Evidence That Homo naledi Is Not a Member of the Human Holobaramin Based on Measurements of Vertebrae and Ribs. Answers Research Journal. 10: 103-113.
O’Micks, J. 2017. Likely Discontinuity Between Humans and Non-Human Hominins Based on Endocranial Volume and Body Mass with a Special Focus on Homo naledi—A Short Analysis. Answers Research Journal. 10: 241-243.
…these results fit the interpretation that the bones of Homo naledi were most likely washed in during Ice Age flooding”Clarey, T. L. 2017. Disposal of Homo naledi in a possible deathtrap or mass mortality scenario. Journal of Creation. 31(2): 61-70.