Science in Kenya

Whales and Walking

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Whales and Walking. In 2015, Kenyan paleontologist Frederick Manthi was part of the team that analysed the newly rediscovered fossil of a beaked whale originally found 30 years earlier in West Turkana. By showing that the remains of the aquatic animal were 17 million years old, the team was able to give the best estimate yet for when the land around the Rift Valley began to rise, a geological change which is believed to have turned the dense forests that once dominated the landscape into the familiar Kenyan savannah where our ancestors first began to walk on two feet.

Mawazo Institute