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31-08-10, 19:55

On October 13, 2000, a small team of paleontologists led by Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago clambered out of three battered Land Rovers, filled their water bottles, and scattered on foot across the toffee-colored sands of the Ténéré desert in northern Niger. The Ténéré, on the southern flank of the Sahara, easily ranks among the most desolate landscapes on Earth. The Tuareg, turbaned nomads who for centuries have ruled this barren realm, refer to it as a "desert within a desert"—a California-size ocean of sand and rock, where a single massive dune might stretch a hundred miles, and the combination of 120-degree heat and inexorable winds can wick the water from a human body in less than a day. The harsh conditions, combined with intermittent conflict between the Tuareg and the Niger government, have kept the region largely unexplored.


Mike Hettwer, a photographer accompanying the team, headed off by himself toward a trio of small dunes. He crested the first slope and stared in amazement. The dunes were spilling over with bones. He took a few shots with his digital camera and hurried back to the Land Rovers.

"I found some bones," Hettwer said, when the team had regrouped. "But they're not dinosaurs. They're human."

31-08-10, 21:25
awesome! thanks for posting, tiz very interesting :hug: I love articles like these :p

31-08-10, 21:27
That's pretty cool stuff there :p Thanks for posting!

Reading back through, this reminds me a lot of Alfred Kroeber's 1926 expedition to Nazca :D

16-09-10, 23:35
Paul Sereno is one of the greatest paleontologists of our time. Awesome to see him in context, as so little is known about African dinosaurs in general. Yes, paleontological expeditions are adventures in their own right.

17-09-10, 00:47
Maybe it was these people that founded Kemet