The Olduvai Gorge

Prehistoric Footprints

OLDUVAI GORGE xxxxxxThere was so much to see in Northern Tanzania. I didn't even know about the Olduvai Gorge until the day before I saw it. However, the area that has been called the "cradle of mankind". An American Palentologist, Don Johanson, discovered the bones in Ethiopia and named the remains "Lucy" because the Beatles' song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, was playing at the moment they discovered the bones. Among other discoveries were dinosaur bones, Stone Age tools, and bones of what they believed to be early humans dating as far back as two million years. In Laetoli, Mary Leakey discovered the earliest known humanoid footprints, estimated to be 3.5 million years old.

See the bones or footprints? Not actually. The famous bones went to museums elsewhere. A mold was made of the footprints, which had been recovered for protection.

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