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  • Nikki Ives
    Thanks, Bob!  Now I ll sound like I m really smart and totally know what what I m talking about to my students :-) Nikki ... increasing competition for
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      Thanks, Bob!  Now I'll sound like I'm really smart and totally know what what I'm talking about to my students :-)

      Nikki




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      >From: Bob Muckle <bmuckle@...>
      >To: "SACC-L@yahoogroups.com" <SACC-L@yahoogroups.com>
      >Sent: Thursday, November 10, 2011 3:58 PM
      >Subject: Re: [SACC-L] Student Question
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      >Besides the probability of poorer preservation, also consider that there would likely be far less localities with sediments laid down millions of years ago in West Africa, now being exposed. Most of the well-known fossil localities in East Africa are within the Great Rift Valley, where erosion keep exposing fossils with relatively little effort. Another reason is that people tend to look where people have found fossils before, for the simple reason that there is a better probability of finding things. And what funding agency would want to provide funds for someone looking in West Africa when the chance of success is almost non-existent. The good news is that although researchers still tend to flock to the well-known localities of Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, in the last few decades some researchers have been able to get funding to look in others areas such as Chad, which has produced important discoveries. Also, there is likely to be
      increasing competition for funding from those researchers now looking for early humans (ie. pre- H. erectus) outside of Africa.
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      >Bob
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      >>>> Nikki Ives <ikkinh@...> 11/10/2011 12:05 PM >>>
      >Hi All -
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      >A student in my physical anthropology class asked me this question and I'm not quite sure of the answer. Can anyone out there help me out?
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      >Student question: I was just curious to know why there aren't any documented fossil finds
      >from West Africa. Unless I missed it in the textbook, it seems that
      >majority of the African discoveries are from the North, East and South.
      >Is there any theory or hypothesis surrounding this?
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      >Thanks,
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      >Nikki
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