Using Google Earth to find fossils

There’s a neat story on the Google LatLong blog today about a professor that has been using Google Earth to find caves and fossil deposits, eventually leading to the discovery of a hominid fossil dated between 1.78 and 1.95 million years old.
Before Professor Lee Berger began this project using Google Earth, there were around 130 cave sites and 20 fossil deposits that they were aware of, identified by him and his colleagues over the past few decades. Since beginning to use Google Earth, they’ve found over 500 previously unidentified sites!


Here’s a brief video from Google’s Chief Technology Advocate Michael Jones about this discovery:

About Mickey Mellen

Mickey has been using Google Earth since it was released in 2005, and has created a variety of geo-related sites including Google Earth Hacks. He runs a web design firm in Marietta, GA, where he lives with his wife and two kids.


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