An Evaluation of Homo naledi and “Early” Homo from a Young-Age Creationist Perspective

T C Wood


Fossils of “early” Homo have become some of the most challenging to interpret in the fossil record.  Creationists have generally argued that “early” Homo do not represent the remains of human beings, but previous statistical baraminology studies indicate otherwise.  Using the recent publications of Homo naledi and a supermatrix of characters covering all named hominins except Homo naledi, human baraminology is here re-examined.  Results continue to support inclusion of “early” Homo in the human holobaramin, and the newly discovered Homo naledi can also be placed with confidence in the human holobaramin.  Additionally, both the small Dmanisi hominins and the robust D4500 specimen can also be classified as human.  The newly-expanded human holobaramin implies a much greater diversity of human forms than previously recognized.  More importantly, the earliest humans encountered in the fossil record exhibit the greatest diversity, implying that human diversification had already begun while humans were resident in Babel.

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