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Lost Tribes of the Green Sahara

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In addition to antelope and giraffe, Sereno quickly recognized the remains of water-adapted creatures like crocodiles and hippos, then turtles, fish, and clams. "Everywhere you turned, there were bones belonging to animals that don't live in the desert,"


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Kit B (276)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 9:14 am
How easy it is to forget that the great cultures of time gone by were not living in the Shara of today but in some parts a lush green land, in others the sub-saharan, not yet desert and no longer rich with green grasses. These were a different people; some with an easier life then others, and it's doubtful that the Egyptians with a fairly dependable flooding for crops thought of life as difficult. It''s all relative to what you know. People do not take on great and massive building projects when food is not plentiful, shelter only a cave. Building speaks to the need to get the masses working as much as to leaders wishing to glorify themselves for immorality.

Tere M (75)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 10:26 am
Thank you for sharing Kit! It is amazing to think that such creatures used to live there...

sherrie e (147)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 10:58 am
Wow...that was amazing! The things I learned just from this post! Fantastic descriptions make you feel like you are there surveying the site and artifacts! It is a shame they did not get to continue on due to instability of the government and locals clashing. Thanks so much bring so much to the table with you!

Shaheen N (64)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 11:47 am
Thank you kit for a very informative article. Truly amazed on the findings of Green Sahara.

Odin Torchwood (45)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 2:41 pm
Yes, I agree Kit. Over geological time, our tectonic plates have moved around from warmer areas to cooler areas et vice versa. This explains the reasons for skeletons that have been unearthed to resemble a very different climate to the present day's climate in the same area. It is wise not to take things for granted as change is always happening. Thank you Kit, your post was a treat to read.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday March 9, 2010, 4:21 pm
It's doubly tragic that war prevents Understanding both the Past & the Present..:(
This was a great article, Kit! Thanks!:)

Bill C (93)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 3:05 am
This is truly interesting. Thanks for sharing, Kit.

Agnes H (144)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 3:51 am
Noted and an interesting article Kit. Thank you very much. I would never have thought that there would have been water where there is a desert where there used to be water at one time. This must have been the find of the decade and with all the implements the people who lived there used as well. And a Necklace if I've read it correctly. All the artifacts needed . It truly was a find for these people.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday March 10, 2010, 5:47 am
Actually the entire Shara region was glaciated during the pleistocene era, so as glaciers melted they left behind a full rich water basin, over time this area became, not unlike our own "bread basket' however time erodes all things and changes things. Human influences too are accountable for the changes through deforestation.

Gillian M (218)
Thursday March 11, 2010, 3:52 pm
This is fascinating, I haven't come across the Green Sahara before and it is really interesting to read about, thanx Kit.

pam w (139)
Tuesday March 16, 2010, 9:13 am
Thanks for this, Kit. I'm glad it's interesting and new to some of us. I was touched by this comment...

"When you are hungry and your children are hungry, what can you do?"

It explains a lot...not only animal poaching but the stealing of antiquities. Our present poverty is robbing us of valuable animals and our past.
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