New paleontology lab houses Park fossils

Gorongosa National Park has opened its new paleontology lab.

The new laboratory houses fossils discovered inside the Park and serves as a teaching hub within reach of excavation sites for group like the Oxford – Gorongosa Field School.

The Park’s most recent fossil inventory includes about 730 specimens including ancestral elephants, bush pigs, primates, shark teeth, turtles, crocodiles, snails, clams and crabs.

Ivete Maibaze, Minister of Land and Environment of Mozambique, helped inaugurate Gorongosa Park’s new Paleontology Laboratory.

The facility is an expansion of the EO Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory, inaugurated in 2014.

The first archaeological record of humans in Gorongosa National Park date back to 300,000 BC.

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