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Namibia has Countless Fossils Buried beneath its Surface

Archaeologists have dug up fossils of animals, plant life and human ancestors to try and piece together histories of a time before time. The first exhibit displays more than 20 million years of human evolution, with the now extinct ape Otavipithecus namibiensis, which at the time of its discovery was the only non-hominin ape found in southern Africa. Due to its flat teeth, it mostly survived by eating fruits and vegetation. It was discovered in the Berg Aukas area near Grootfontein and would have been roaming the Earth more than 12 million years ago. Visiting the museum is a great activity for those who want to learn more about the country’s fossil, mining and mineral history. The museum conducts tours by appointment for schools and other groups.