New Species of Human Discovered in South Africa – Secrets in the News: September 5 – 11, 2015

A reconstruction of Homo naledi’s head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans. University of the Witwatersrand, National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation.

A reconstruction of Homo naledi’s head by paleoartist John Gurche, who spent some 700 hours recreating the head from bone scans. University of the Witwatersrand, National Geographic Society and the South African National Research Foundation.

1. Massive “Superhenge” Discovered
Scientists working with the Stonehenge Hidden Landscape Project have discovered evidence of a massive henge buried and preserved under a grassy bank just two miles from Stonehenge. Read more at Nova.

2. New Species of Human Discovered in South Africa
Scientists have discovered a new human-like species in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa. The discovery could change ideas about our early relatives. Read more at BBC Africa.

3. New Hope for Preserving the Wreck of the Titanic
The Titanic was in almost perfect condition when ocean explorer Robert Ballard discovered its resting place on September 1, 1985. Thirty years later, it’s crumbling thanks to time, visitors and salvagers. Now, new developments could bring hope for preserving it. Read more at Smithsonian.com.

Watch Secrets of the Dead: The Sinking of the Andrea Doria and discover what exactly happened that fateful night when the luxury liner sank to the ocean floor.

4. Perfectly Mummified Prehistoric Dog Found in Permafrost
Russian archaeologists found a 12,000-year-old mummified dog in Siberia as well as nearby signs of human activity, suggesting the dog may have been tamed by early man. Read more at Disclose.tv.

5. On This Day: September 11, 2001
A series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda took place in the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died in the September 11 attacks. Photos of the Bush administration meeting that day in response to the crisis were released for the first time in July 2015. See them at CNN.com.

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