On the moral status of hominins

  • C. S. WarehamEmail author
Original Article


This article evaluates the moral status of hominins, and obligations we may have towards them. In exploring these ethical considerations, I consider one of the most recent hominin finds: the ‘graveyard’ of Homo naledi in the Dinaledi caves at the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa. I argue that findings about H. naledi establish a pro tanto duty not to excavate their remains.


Moral status Homo Naledi Hominins Ethics Personhood Posthumous harm 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Steve Biko Cente for BioethicsUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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