Museum : Museum Of Kenya

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Museum Exhibit: Australopithecus afarensis The National Museum of Kenya seeks to preserve and share the heritage of past and present Kenya (museum cite). Kenya is located on east Africa, where numerous of different hominin fossils have been found (O’Neil). The Australopithecus afarensis is the intermediate ancestor between human and apes (O’Neil). Moreover, the term Australopithecus means “southern ape” and the term afarensis is based on the location where the first of its kind were found, in Ethiopia, Africa (Australian Museum). Over 300 of the Australopithecus afarensis fossilized remains have been found in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History). The new exhibit at the National Museum of Kenya, seeks to showcase and share information on the remains of an Australopithecus afarensis found in Olduvai George, Tanzania. The remains consist of three teeth and one leg bone. The exhibit explains how the three teeth and leg bone became fossils, how they were found and dated using different dating techniques, and how they are being preserved and conserved in the museum. Fossils tell the story of the Earth, and the organisms that lived before us. Fossils are the preserved remains of once living organisms (Stanford 222). Some are hard parts such as bones and teeth, others are trace fossils, such as burrows or trails, and lastly there are natural casts, such as molds and impressions (Breithaupt). Fossils are preserved by being buried under…

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