Leakeys’ research camp becomes another tourist attraction site

06Jul 2019
The Guardian Reporter
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The Guardian
Leakeys’ research camp becomes another tourist attraction site

SIXTY years after Dr Leakey discovered, the skull of Zinjanthropus, the earliest man dating back nearly 2 million years ago, the camp dedicated to such historical discovery is now being converted into yet another tourist attraction.

skull of Zinjanthropus.

The Conservator at the National Museum, Dr Agnes Gidna said the Leakey’s camp will be officially be unveiled during the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the cranium of the so-called ‘Nut Cracker’ man on the 17th of July 2019. The Zinj skull is currently being safeguarded in a special national trophy vault.

“Ngorongoro is globally recognized as cradle for mankind and this fact can be attested at Olduvai where Leakeys’ have been working since 1930s and the remains of the researchers’ house, laboratory, equipment and vehicles will form yet another museum,” Gidna said.

The Zinjanthropus skull was also planned to be in public display so as to extend the mass knowledge behind the world’s most reliable evidence of human evolution.

In sync with that, a special symposium of scientists, archaeologists, researchers and scholars to be staged in Arusha to mark the 60 years Anniversary of Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Deputy Commissioner Conservator for Ngorongoro, Hillary Mushi said there will be special transport for local residents to visit Olduvai site and registration will take place at Arusha and Karatu respectively.

Zinjanthropus skull was discovered by anthropologist Mary Leakey on July 17, 1959, at Olduvai Gorge, an archaeological site found within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA).

Dr Mary Leakey who was born in 1913 was a British paleoanthropologist who discovered the first fossilized Proconsul skull, an extinct ape now believed to be among the human ancestors.

In 1959 Dr Leakey discovered the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge and for much of her career, spanning more than 50 years in Tanzania; she worked alongside her husband, Dr Louis Leakey, at the archaeological site located within Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where they also uncovered the tools and fossils of ancient hominines.

This will help crush speculations that the Zinj skull may not be in the country but possibly taken away to overseas as people once thought.

Ngorongoro Conservation was split from Serengeti National Park in 1959 becoming a multiple land use separate entity. It is believed that all mankind originated from the area before spreading out around the globe.

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