Africa Through the Lens of National Geographic News

Last Updated:
October 3, 2001

National Geographic News keeps its finger on the pulse of Africa. From astonishing new discoveries of fossils of human ancestors and titanic dinosaurs to the latest scientific research in conservation and news of African societies and cultures, we keep the world abreast of developments on this great continent.

Here are some recent news stories from Africa. Bookmark this page and visit it regularly as we will be updating the list constantly.

Stones and Bones: Discoveries of Dinosaurs and Human Ancestors

New Face Added to Humankind's Family Tree On the western shore of Kenya's Lake Turkana, a team headed by Meave Leakey and supported by the National Geographic Society has discovered the 3.5 million-year-old fossil remains of Kenyanthropus platyops, which is most likely a completely new genus and species of early human ancestor. This story has a photo gallery.

"Tidal Giant" Roamed Coastal Swamps of Ancient Africa Researchers have unearthed fossils of what appears to have been the second largest known creature ever to walk on Earth. The dinosaur, named Paralititan stromeri weighed in at an estimated 75 tons and measured as long as 100 feet (30.5 meters). This story has a photo gallery.

Oddly Angled Teeth Make Masiakasaurus Stick Out Teeth jutting horizontally from the jaws of the Masiakasaurus knopfleri are the most distinguishing feature of this new find on the island of Madagascar. The front teeth of the Masiakasaurus are unique among predatory dinosaurs.

Skeleton of New Dinosaur Species Found in Madagascar In a stunning fossil discovery at a quarry in Madagascar, scientists unearthed the skull and nearly complete skeleton of a young dinosaur that lived about 70 million years ago, when the giant dinosaurs were at their peak. The finding is helping to close gaps in the sketchy knowledge about a sub-group of sauropods called titanosaurs. This story has a photo gallery.

Early Civilizations

More Golden Mummies Emerge From Egyptian Valley Archaeologists have found 11 new mummies at Bahariya, the Egyptian oasis where more than 200 gold-covered mummies from Egypt's Greco-Roman period have been discovered. The team, led by archaeologist Zahi Hawass, has also discovered the tomb of the governor's mother.

Sun to Illuminate Inner Sanctuary of Pharaoh's Temple Twice a year for more than 3,200 years, a beam of sunlight has penetrated deep into Abu Simbel, the temple constructed by Pharaoh Ramses II in honor of Egypt's sun gods. On February 22, traditionally the king's birthday, sunlight will once again light the temple's inner sanctum, illuminating statues of the two sun gods, and the pharaoh himself, who has survived as one of Egypt's most legendary leaders.

Egyptian Tomb Yields "World's Oldest Love Song" An inscription on the walls of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian tomb may be the world's oldest love song. Archaeologists hope that the song, and other finds from the tomb, will shed light on the end of the age of pyramid builders in Egypt.

Egyptian Archaeologist Named National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence For more than three decades, Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass has been uncovering the mysteries of the Giza pyramids outside Cairo, Egypt. As the National Geographic Society's newest Explorer-in-Residence, he plans to continue the work that has earned him the title of "Mr. Pyramid."

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