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Monday, October 8, 2012

Koobi-Fora Fossils of Kenya

African Human Paleontology

Studying Human Paleontology the Koobi-Fora Fossils of Kenya



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


Koobi Fora in Kenya is a region of important Human Paleontology sites in northern Kenya.

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.



Did you know?

The Gabra live in the Chalbi desert of northern Kenya, Marsabit, Wajir, Mandera, Isiolo, and Laikipia counties. Extensive area from Lake Rudolph east to Ethiopia-Somalia border, and south towards Nairobi. The Gabbra people are predominantly pastoralists in nature with the Algana clan being the largest in the tribe. The Gabra prizes the African Commiphora myrrha tree because the tree is the primary tree used in the production of myrrh. Myrrh resin has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and medicine.


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