Elephants can live to an age of up to 70 or 80 years and they have a good memory. It could be they come across an area that is experiencing a drought. Then they continue on their path and run into people.
A number of scientists with greatly different backgrounds can come up with completely different assessments. The discussions or controversies are endless. Once a year, we try to bring the most important discoverers together to exchange their experiences and knowledge.
Primates need good nutrition, to begin with. Not only fruits and plants, but insects as well.
Earlier, 100,000 elephants lived in Kenya and we didn't have any noteworthy problem with it. The problem that we have is not that there are now more elephants.
Along the borders to Ethiopia and Somalia, anarchy reigns, the police and military have retreated quite some distance.
For fossils to thrive, certain favorable circumstances are required. First of all, of course, remnants of life have to be there. These then need to be washed over with water as soon as possible, so that the bones are covered with a layer of sediment.
One should not forget that there are very few surviving items from this period, often just single, small bones, a tooth, a sliver of the skull. Categorizing these pieces can be very difficult.
We hope to find more pieces of the puzzle which will shed light on the connection between this upright, walking ape, our early ancestor, and modern man.
It is virtually impossible to control Northern Kenya, which is populated chiefly by migrant nomads.
Paleoanthropology is not a science that ends with the discovery of a bone. One has to have the original to work with. It is a life-long task.
We think that groups of between 30 and 40 early men would have settled in an area measuring a hundred square kilometers.
Scientific innovations continually provide us with new means of analyzing the finds.
The elephants were being slaughtered in masses. Some were even killed in the vicinity of big tourist hotels.
To investigate the history of man's development, the most important finds are, of course, hominid fossils.
I, too, am convinced that our ancestors came from Africa.
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