Day Tour Olduvai Gorge

1 Day

The Olduvai Gorge, which is a remarkable archaeological site in East Africa and perhaps in the world. It was officially recognized as a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. Exposed within the sides of the gorge is a remarkably rich chronicle of human ancestry and the evolution of the Serengeti ecosystem.

    Overview

    It was here that Mary and Louis Leakey, over the course of more than 30 years of backbreaking work, unearthed the first well-dated fossils and artefacts of some of our earliest human ancestors.

    Their discoveries include the famous Zinjanthropus (Australopithecus boisei) skull, as well as remains of  Homo habilis, the presumed maker of the numerous early stone tools found in deposits ranging in age from 1.6 to 1.8  million years ago, and Homo erectus, the larger- bodied and larger- brained hominin that preceded the earliest modern humans (Homo sapiens).

    What to See

    • Rock structures and sediments

    What to do

    • Archeological Tours

      Itinerary

      Today, on your way from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti, you will visit a remarkable landmark. The Olduiuvai Gorge is considered one of the most important paleoanthropological localities in the world. From the entrance gate you will arrive at an ancient place full of history. The Gorge was discovered after an alkaline lake covering it dried up, due to the forces of the great rift and volcanic activity, exposing ancient human remains and those of extinct animals. In 1959, archaeologist Mary Leakey discovered a skull fragment belonging to an early hominin that her husband, Louis Leakey, named Zinjanthropus boisei but dubbed “Nutcracker Man” because of its huge molars, indicative of a vegetarian diet. Til today, this discovery is one of the oldest traces of modern man. During your visit, you will get impressive insights in our very own history.

      Why is Olduvai Gorge famous?

      The Olduvai Gorge or Oldupai Gorge is a paleoanthropological site in the eastern Serengeti Plain, near northern Tanzania, in East Africa. The gorge is nicknamed the “Cradle of Mankind” because it is believed to be the site of found remains of the first human beings to walk on Earth.

        What was found at the Olduvai Gorge?

        Then, in 1959, came the now-famous discovery, in Olduvai, of a 1.75-millionyear-old skull that Leakey named Zinjanthropus boisei, and which he asserted was the “connecting link between the South African near-men . . . and true man as we know him.” The skull was similar to those of the robust ape-man creatures that had ..

          Who found fossil remains in Olduvai Gorge?

          Louis and Mary Leakey are responsible for most of the excavations and discoveries of the hominin fossils in Olduvai Gorge.

            Who was the first man found in Tanzania?

            Homo Habilis at Olduvai

            The Leakeys unearthed 2 skull bones and the lower jaw of a child. They were the first fossils ever found of “Homo habilis”, also known as the Handy Man. This type of early human had a bigger brain, finer jaw and smaller teeth than its predecessors.

              What animals were at Olduvai Gorge?

              The animals they ate included giraffes, elephants, wildebeests, and the swift runners of the antelope family.

                What is the oldest skull found at Olduvai Gorge?

                OH 24 is the oldest fossil skull found at Olduvai Gorge; besides OH 5, it is the most complete. The cranium was found crushed flat (hence the nickname) and cemented together with a coating of limestone

                  How long ago did Olduvai Gorge live?

                  1.75 million years ago
                  They dated the discovery as having lived 1.75 million years ago. This made it the oldest hominin discovered to that point, although a lack of fossil-dating technology made it difficult to determine the age of Dart’s and Broom’s earlier finds.

                    How old are the tools found in Olduvai Gorge?

                    about 1.8 million years ago
                    Made nearly two million years ago, stone tools such as this are the first known technological invention. This one is the oldest objects in the British Museum. It comes from an early human campsite in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. This and other tools are scientifically dated to about 1.8 million years ago.

                      Who made the Olduvai stone chopping tool?

                      This chopping tool is an example of the oldest known objects deliberately made by humans. This tool was found with the fossil remains of an extinct human ancestor, and together they prove that human life, and the first technology, began in Africa

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