Fossil Forensics: Interactive

Fossil Forensics: Interactive

Bones contain evidence of how early humans lived, died, and interacted with other organisms. Explore what kinds of important clues scientists can find on bones.

Scientists can study follil bones to find clues about how early humans lived and died, and the variety of danger they faced. Fossil animal bones can also reveal evidence of the meat-eating habits of early humans - and their competitors for animal prey, the large carnivores. Choose a fossil bone specimen to see what scientists have learned about it by examining it up close, sometimes even under a microscope.

Bone: Taung, Republic of South Africa, Age: About 2.8  million years old

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.

[{'Bone': 'Taung, Republic of South Africa', 'Age': 'About 2.8  million years old'}]

Look closely for the puncture marks at the bottom of the eye sockets. They provide telltale evidence that an eagle attacked this three-year-old child. The marks are like those made by the sharp talons and beaks of eagles when they attack nonhuman primates in Africa today.