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Africa's "Turkana Boy"

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Today is the anniversary of one of the most important paleoanthropological finds in history. In 1984, a team lead by Richard Leaky discovered the oldest hominid remains that have ever been found: 1.5 MILLION years old! The nearly complete skeleton was found near Lake Turkana in Kenya which has increasingly become a spot for groundbreaking paleoanthropological digs.

 

Take a look at this geostory mapping ancient human skeleton discoveries around the world: Hominin History - National Geographic Education. How could Africa's increasing reputation at the birthplace of humanity potentially help the continent? Could an overwhelming influx of interest cause problems? Could digs cause physical damage to the landscape, currently used overwhelmingly for agriculture? What do you predict will be Africa's future in direct result of its--and all of our--past?

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