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Olduvai Gorge

A steep 48-km ravine in the Serengeti Plains of eastern Africa which was allegedly discovered by a German butterfly collector in 1911, who fell down the side of the ravine and a vast collection of fossils, bones and artefacts about ancient man’s evolution. The first serious excavation of the site began with Louis and Mary Leakey in 1931, and continues with others.
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This new method also allowed them to zero in on which members of the large Olduvai family may be driving the link with autism.
Age: Fossilized remains 1.8 and 1.0 million years old have been found in Africa (e.g., Lake Turkana and Olduvai Gorge), Europe (Georgia, Spain), Indonesia (e.g., Sangiran and Trinil), Vietnam, and China (e.g., Shaanxi).
What became exposed at Olduvai Gorge was a treasure trove of our past.
The bone from a hominid's left pinkie finger dates to at least 1.84 million years ago and looks more like corresponding bones of modern humans than like finger fossils of previously discovered Olduvai hominids, say paleoanthropologist Manuel Dominguez-Rodrigo of Complutense University in Madrid and his colleagues.
The Ngorogoro Conservation Area also includes Olduvai Gorge, a steep ravine that follows the Great Rift Valley for 30 miles along the Eastern Serengeti Plain.
The bones of a jaw, skull, arm, hand, leg and foot were discovered at the Olduvai Gorge World Heritage fossil site.
She is also known for developing a system that helps classify stone tools found at Olduvai as well as discovering Laetoli footprints.
I get to relive my dream over and over multiple times a year by seeing the faces of happy guests on safari." This year Cole, who looks 20 years younger in her cute safari shorts, is taking groups on five trips into Africa (WildRainbowSafaris.com), including July's Mount Kilimanjaro climb and September's Tanzania trips to the "origin of mankind" at Olduvai Gorge.
Raised in Africa, he remembers picnicking at Olduvai Gorge and spending vacations on the Serengeti plains.