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Monday, October 8, 2012

Koobi-Fora Fossils of Kenya

Koobi Fora in Kenya is a region of paleoanthropological sites in northern Kenya. To the Gabbra people who live near Koobi, the name Koobi Fora is a place growth for the prized African Commiphora myrrha tree.


Koobi Fora research work began in June of 1968, the site is nearly 700 square miles sediments between 1 million and 5 million years old. Since June 1968, more than 70 hominid fossils had been recovered. One hominid model; Australopithecus Sensu Lato, has been documented as a chrono species of over a period of 2 million years old.

Prior to 1960, most of the evidence for the evolution of man was confined to Southern Africa. 

The greatest body of evidence for early hominid development has been obtained from the large site in Northern Kenya. 

Between 1968 and 1972, a total of 87 fossil hominid specimens were recovered in Koobi Fora Kenya. The first Australopithecus skull was found here by Dr. Richard Leakey a renowned paleontologist.


Inside Koobi Fora the Homo Habilis was also found there by Bernard Ngeves. Homo erectus, a 1.6 million years old fossil skull was also discovered here by a research assistant of Dr. Leakey, Mr. Kimeu Kimoya. 

Since 1994, about 200 separate hominid and numerous animal skulls were found in Koobi Fora Kenya, more than the rest of the world's fossil sites have produced in 60 years.

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