Lee Berger, John Hawks 2023. Cave of Bones. Washington DC: National Geographic, 622 pp.

Book cover from Penguin Australia

Cracking yarn of the discovery and significance of Homo naledi remains in an almost inaccessible cave in South Africa. Homo naledi lived circa 335,000–236,000 years ago and I found the evidence for burial to be convincing. Homo naledi also decorated cave walls with cross-hatch marks just like Homo neanderthalensis. I guess these are the easiest marks to make so this is what they all do first. Most impressive Lee Berger’s account of losing 20 kg in 6 months in order to get into and out of (just) the chamber through a 12 m vertical squeeze.