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Nariokotome Turkana Boy Monument

Turkana, Kenya
Where do we originally come from? Possibly from Nariokotome, near the shores of Lake Turkana! This is at least where the remnants of the world-famous Turkana Boy were found, a near-complete skeleton of an approximately 1.6 million-year-old Homo erectus. This early human species is generally regarded by scientists as one of our direct ancestors. A monumental pillar and a brass replica of the Turkana Boy mark the spot where Kamoya Kimeu, a researcher of Dr Richard Leakey’s scientific team detected the fossil in 1984. Many more important hominid findings have been made in other parts of Turkana County such as the oldest known stone tools with a suspected age of 3.5 million years, which support Turkana’s claim to be the Cradle of Mankind.

 

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