News is starting to leak out about what appears to be the imminent announcement of new discoveries and analyses of the perplexing bones found deep in a cave in South Africa. In addition to providing a much younger date for the fossils than expected and the revelation that there is a second chamber with additional specimens, more analyses of the original set of 1500 bones will also be published.
Two years ago the initial studies were met with an interesting mix of reactions from young-earth creationists. What will they do with the revelation of dates for the bones and a new chamber with more bones of the same species? We will find out in the next month of two. In the meantime you can read about this fascinating fossil discovery in my previous posts here:
Bones of Contention: How Will Creationists Respond To A Huge New Hominid Fossil Find?
Bones of Contention II: Ape, Human or Fraud? Young Earth Creationists Respond to the Dinaledi Chamber Fossil Discovery
Bones of Contention III: ICR Claims Homo naledi Fossils are of an “Imaginary Creature”
Bones of Contention IV: Dr. Wood Weighs in on the Homo naledi Mystery
How have young-earth creationists responded over the past two years? I have updated my YEC scorecard of responses to reflect their currently stated views. It will be interesting to see if Answers in Genesis changes their minds about these fossils just being an ape when the dates, more fossils and possible cultural artifacts??? are revealed to the public. Keep tuned for updates this summer.