"The species' brains were a third of the size of today’s humans but they stood like us, and had similar feet and hands, although their fingers were elegantly curved. This new species, Berger said, should be placed as an early humanoid just before the time of homo sapiens. The species could date back as far as 2.8 million years, according to experts."
Could be a trunk line of our tree, but maybe something different.
But if true, we have to add another branch to the family tree, welcome to the family Homo Naledi!