On 13 September 2013, while exploring the Rising Star cave system looking for an extension, recreational cavers Rick Hunter and Steven Tucker of the Speleological Exploration Club (SEC) of South Africa found a narrow, vertically oriented, "chimney" or "chute" measuring 12 m (39 ft) long with a very narrow width tightening in places to as small as approximately 20 cm (7.9 in).
This chute led to a room 30 m (98 ft) underground (Site UW-101, the Dinaledi Chamber), the surface of which was littered with fossil bones.
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The word "naledi" means "star" in the Sotho-Tswana languages.
It, and the corresponding name Dinaledi Chamber ("chamber of stars"), were chosen to reference the Rising Star cave system where the fossils were found.
The skeletal anatomy presents ancestral features known from australopithecines with more recent features associated with later hominins.