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African Fossils

  1. 1. By Andrew Lord
  2. 2. My Essential Question <ul><li>What do fossils found in Africa teach us about history? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why I picked this topic. <ul><li>I picked this topic because I wanted to learn more about the history of Africa, and I thought learning about the ancient fossils found there would be a good place to learn. </li></ul>
  4. 4. What I know about this topic. <ul><li>Fossils are ancient remains of humans or animals. </li></ul><ul><li>More fossils have been found in Africa then anywhere else. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Lucy <ul><li>1997 a 160,000 year old human skulls was found they named it “Lucy” </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy’s skull is much larger then modern humans. </li></ul><ul><li>Oldest fossilized remain of modern humans yet found. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Archeology in Africa <ul><li>Earliest evidence of archaeological activity anywhere comes from the right valley sites of east Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>Sarah desert use to be a ocean this is why many fish fossils have been found there. </li></ul><ul><li>90% of all fossils are found in South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>In eastern Africa some fossils are clear on the ground. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Gorgon <ul><li>A “Gorgon” is an animal that was on this earth before the dinosaurs. </li></ul><ul><li>Gorgon fossils are only found in Africa. </li></ul><ul><li>Gorgons look similar to raptors as seen on the picture to the left. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Surprising information. <ul><li>A 160,000 human skull was found. </li></ul><ul><li>A 35 million year old giant bat was found in South Africa. (Bigger then a school bus) </li></ul><ul><li>A 500 year old body found with Gold jewelry. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Questions I still have. <ul><li>What was the hardest fossil to find? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the oldest fossil ever found? </li></ul><ul><li>What was the first fossil ever found? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sources <ul><li>http:// www.mediaclubsouthafrica.com/index.php?option = com_content&view = article&id =1139:african-fossils-220509&catid=47:africa_news&Itemid=116 </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2007-08-08-human-evolution-fossils_N.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.aliciapatterson.org/APF001973/Rensberger/Rensberger05/Rensberger05.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Galaxy/8152/gorgon.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080304191213.htm </li></ul>

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