February 20, 2013

Just another glorious sunrise at dawn in Ndutu, our last morning here. Again we found another cheetah family, mom stalking for prey, cubs horsing around, and mom giving her baby a hug. In the distance a gazelle spies a cheetah just in time and hurries off.
We photograph dung beetles rolling their dung away inside the dung rollĀ the larvae emergeĀ from eggs feeding on the dung itself. The newborns not only have a huge food supply, but are also safe from predators threatening them outside the dung roll.
In the afternoon we drove off to Olduvai (Oldupai) Gorge famous for fossil human remains. Homo habilis is the oldest discovery, dating to 1.9 million years ago, followed by Homo erectus, dating to 1.2 million years ago, and more recently Homo sapiens about 17,000 years ago. In the 1930s Louis and Mary Leakey discovered fossil tools in the area and it is believe Homo habilis intentionally designed the tools with sharp edges for cutting.

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