Posts from the ‘fossils’ Category

Scientists in South Africa have found an unusually complete skeleton of a young hominid, either of an early Homo genus or a very close relative. It seems to be roughly 2 million years old, and contains some of the critical bones for study.

These include a femur, vertebrae, some ribs, a lower jaw, and some limb components that can give important clues as to how the young hominid moved, ate, and thought.

Even more exciting, they plan to establish a special lab near the Cradle of Mankind digsite, allowing anybody to watch palaeontology in action:

The university also announced it would open up the process of exploring and uncovering fossil remains to the public and stream it online in real time.

A special laboratory studio will be built at the Cradle of Humankind.

“The public will be able to participate fully in live science and future discoveries as they occur in real time – an unprecedented moment in palaeoanthropology,” Professor Berger said.

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Similarly, a construction crew destroyed nearly 20,000 leatherback sea turtle eggs this week in Trinidad. Both the bones and the eggs, the past and future of our earth, are priceless in their own ways. Lack of care or outright ignorance is bad for everybody.

Vandals smash duck-billed dinosaur fossil to pieces in Alberta.