When recreational cavers found hominin fossils in previously well-explored caves in South Africa, a new form of scientific collaboration was formed. Scientists were recruited via social media, all products of the research were made open and publicly available and everyone is encouraged to draw their own conclusions.

Researchers hypothesize that the fossils belong to a new species now called Homo naledi.
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Lee Berger
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Paul Dirks
James Cook University, Australia

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