6 Mind-Blowing Discoveries Made Using Google Earth

6 Mind-Blowing Discoveries Made Using Google Earth
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#3. A New Human Ancestor

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We’re not experts in archeology, but when it comes to digging up bones, apparently caves are where it’s at. Over the Christmas holiday of 2007, Professor Lee Berger was at his computer, looking around for caves with, you guessed it, Google Earth. Having noticed a pattern of cave and fossil sites in the region around the Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg, he went on to identify 500 new possible places old bones could be buried.

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Fast forward to August of 2008, where he was subsequently exploring one of his Google Earth finds in person with his 9-year-old son, the family dog and a post-doctoral student (take a guess on who was most likely wearing a red shirt on this away mission), when the dog ripped off into the high grass.

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Chasing after his dog, the boy tripped over a log and fell smack dab into what some call “the Rosetta stone of human evolution.” (Okay, it’s totally Dr. Berger who says that.) What his son literally stumbled over would turn out to be an estimated 2-million-year-old fossil, part of a fossil pair belonging to a boy and an adult female, the likes of which had never been seen before.

 Above: A small child, seen here outdoing Indiana Jones.

Above: A small child, seen here outdoing Indiana Jones.

With a small, advanced brain, long arms, long legs and an advanced pelvis, Australopithecus sediba is described as probably a transitional species between Australopithecus Africanus and Homo habilis.

 Geico is currently in talks with the remains.

Geico is currently in talks with the remains.

The newly discovered species could even be a direct ancestor of Homo erectus, making it a possible “missing link” of sorts, located right at the transition point between an ape running around on two legs when not swinging in trees and humans as we are today.

 That is, sitting in chairs.

That is, sitting in chairs.

 

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Comments

  1. says

    they should have kept quiet instead of announcing it to the world where everyone can have access to the information, and therefore have access to the location.

  2. says

    Cool But I didn't like the idea of the road they build. Humans, altering everything. They should have explored on foot no matter how long it took. Now that area is destroyed.

  3. says

    fuck humans! they put a finger on avery thing! only to destroy! why the fucking hell they build a road? or why they have to go there at all? I would love to b a proctector of that zone….i will kill any one who put a foot on that place.

  4. says

    100% agreed! The person that found this out should've just kept the mouth shut. But, as always, humans have to go and fucking destroy and mess everything up. A place like this should be considered world patrimony and forbidden to set foot on, like Galapagos. Probably they destroy it, drive some species to extinction and THEN they think about protecting it. fucking retards

  5. says

    Hopefully a joke, but did the article writer just say(on page 5) "…like maybe a fly landed on the lens of the satellite…" WHY THE FRAKK NOBODY TOLD ME THAT THE FLIES ARE SPACE-TRAVELLING CREATURES?

  6. Shane Stevens says

    Now it's known & there's a road, the loggers won't be far behind, then oil prospectors, then Palm oil as far as the eye can see….

  7. says

    Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Chrome. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Cheers

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