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1.5-million-year-old footprints finish analysis

Analysis work has been carried out on footprints created by Homo erectus 1.5-million-years-ago found on the shores of Lake Turkana in Kenya. In 2009, paleontologists discovered human-like footprints near the eastern shores of Lake Turkana in Ileret, Kenya. The fossilized tracks suggested similarities to modern human feet, including an arch, a

Signs of prehistoric massacre found in Kenya

The slaughtered remains of a group of hunter-gatherers who were killed on the shores of Lake Turkana 10,000 years ago have been found by researchers from the University of Cambridge. Twelve skeletons were in a relatively complete state, and ten of these showed clear signs of a violent death: including extreme

3.3-million-year-old tools found in Kenya

Stone tools dating back 3.3 million years have been found near Kenya's Lake Turkana, making them the oldest tools yet found. Researchers at a meeting here say they have found the oldest tools made by human ancestors—stone flakes dated to 3.3 million years ago. That’s 700,000 years older than the oldest-known

Ancient Chinese coin found on Kenyan island

A 600-year-old Chinese coin has been found on the Kenyan island of Manda, revealing a trade link between China and East Africa. The coin, a small disk of copper and silver with a square hole in the center so it could be worn on a belt, is called "Yongle Tongbao" and

Kenyan tone tools indicate hominin coexistence

Stone axes found in the same sedimentary layer as cruder stone tools has revealed that hominins with different tool-making technologies coexisted. The finding, described today in Nature, includes another important discovery: the hand axes, usually associated with the emergence around 1.5 million years ago of Homo erectus as the dominant hominin

Hunting for a Ming Dynasty wreck in Kenya

Chinese archaeologists are searching for a 15th century shipwreck that will provide evidence of commerce between China and Kenya. The sunken ship is believed to have been part of a mighty armada commanded by Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He, who reached Malindi in 1418. According to Kenyan lore, reportedly

The search for Ming Dynasty shipwrecks

China and Kenya are planning to search for ancient Chinese ships which wrecked almost 600 years ago off the east coast of Africa. The sunken ships are believed to have been part of a massive fleet led by Ming dynasty admiral Zheng He that reached Malindi in 1418. Kenyan

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