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Fossil Friday: Daka Homo erectus

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This week’s Fossil Friday is Specimen BOU-VP-2/66. The Daka Calvaria, a million year old Homo erectus skullcap discovered in 1997 by Leakey Foundation grantee Henry Gilbert, who was a Ph.D candidate at the University of California, Berkeley at the time of the discovery. The fossil was discovered in the Middle Awash region of the Afar Rift in eastern Ethiopia, which has been the source of many fossil human ancestors, ranging from half a million years old to more than 6 million years old.

You can read more about this find, and see videos of the discovery and excavation on the UC Berkeley website.

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Reconstruction by Henry Gilbert and Kathy Schick CC-BY-SA-3.0



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