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Olduvai Gorge


Olduvai Gorge Scientific Drilling Projectthe-olduvai-gorge-scientific-drilling-project

The scientific goals of The Olduvai Project are to develop a better understanding of the evolution of the Olduvai basin throughout time, particularly in the impact of climate change to the evolution of hominins in the last two million years.  This approach extends archaeological investigation of hominin adaptation beyond the traditional method and beyond the Gorge.  Core samples from areas beyond the Gorge would greatly expand our knowledge about the basin-wide landscape contexts of hominin activities, and the basin’s structure, lacustrine history and how it relates to regional climate history.  The ultimate goal of this approach is to strengthen both research and conservation in the Gorge.

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This project is related to:

Hominid Sites and Paleo Lakes Scientific Drilling Project HSPDP

Lake Olorgesallie Scientific Drilling Project

Smithsonian Human Origins Project