A 3.5m year-old fossil belonging to early human species known as Australopithecus afarensis has been found in the Ngong Hills. The new discovery indicates that early humans lived near Nairobi city.
The latest discovery which shows the presence of early life at the Kantis Fossil Site (KFS) is the first specimen of the species seen beyond the boundaries of the Rift Valley. It is also the first time that the A. afarensis species has been discovered in Kenya as the specimen was discovered in the past in Tanzania and Ethiopia.
The discovery was carried out by an association of professors worldwide which included Kenyans, Americans, Japanese and French scientists. The research was coordinated by Dr Emma Mbua who is an associate research scientist at the National Museums of Kenya and also a lecturer at Mount Kenya University.
The site known as Kantis Fossil now adds to several early human sites in Kenya which have given birth to a minimum of five humanoid species such as Koobi Fora, Kanapoi and Nariokotome on the eastern and western side of Lake Turkana. The National Museums of Kenya hopes that the site will serve as a significant tourist location, given the new outcome of the research.
It is also expected that the site’s closeness to Nairobi will draw people who are curious about early human development story.
“The discovery of A. afarensis at Kantis Fossil Site (KFS) now expands the area within which the species exist, visibly away from the Rift Valley systems. Secondly, it goes to show that the species found comfort living on the Kenyan highlands.
Meanwhile, some researchers had discovered another site last year which they said was over 10,000 years old. It shows that many millenniums ago, the site saw a deadly battle that killed probably all of its members.
Additionally, world’s oldest stone tools ever discovered was found in a lake in Kenya. The stone tools are said to be 3.3 million years old breaking the former record by 700,000 years and have existed by a huge margin earlier than the existence of the genus Homo by half a million years.