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‘I am horrified’: Archaeologists are fuming over ancient human relative remains sent to edge of space


The fossilized bones of the ancient human relatives Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi went to the edge of space in this tube. (Image credit: Virgin Galactic)

For the first time, fossilized remains of ancient human relatives have gone to the edge of outer space — and scientists are not happy about it.

Fragmentary remains of two ancient human relatives, Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi, were carried aboard a Virgin Galactic flight on Sept. 8. Departing from Spaceport America in New Mexico, the fossils, carried by South African-born billionaire Timothy Nash in a cigar-shaped tube, were rocketed to the edge of space.



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