Whether we look for life's meaning in ancient scripture, poetry, painting, science, or in the bones of our distant ancestors in the dust of the Olduvai Gorge
, there is always a subtle message that the quest is never over.
Locality: Olduvai Gorge
, Tanzania and Koobi Fora near the Lake Turkana region.
8 million years ago, four new species of hominin had appeared in East Africa, many of which were discovered during the mid-20th century by Louis and Mary Leakey in Olduvai Gorge
in the Rift Valley.
Louis Leakey, and his archeologist wife Mary, had been working in the African country of Tanzania, along the dry dessert edges of Olduvai Gorge
Man has always been a hunter gatherer, and early man (six million or so years ago), wandering around Olduvai gorge
in the plains of the Serengeti, a few hundred kilometers to the south west of Nairobi as the eagle flies, was no exception.
Excavations at Tanzania's famed Olduvai Gorge
have uncovered the oldest known fossil hand bone resembling those of people today.
The bone, part of the little finger on an adult's left hand, was found in Olduvai Gorge
85-million-year-old little finger bone, dubbed OH 86, was found at the Olduvai Gorge
paleontological site in northern Tanzania and is believed by scientists to belong to an unidentified ancient hominin species, Daily Mail reported.
Ancient stone artifacts from East Africa were first uncovered at Olduvai Gorge
in Tanzania in the mid-20th century, and those tools were later associated with fossil discoveries in the 1960s of the early human ancestor Homo habilis.
Human occupation can be traced back three million years to remains uncovered at nearby Olduvai Gorge
, and oral histories record the Mbulu people entering the crater as far back as the time of Christ.
Located within the plains area of the Nogorongoro Conservation Authority is perhaps the most important prehistoric site in the world, the famed Olduvai Gorge
which is considered to be the seat of humanity after the discovery of the earliest known specimens of the human genus, Homo habilis.
34 million years old and belonging to Paranthropus boisei at the Olduvai Gorge
World Heritage fossil site in Tanzania.