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Help hunt for fossils online

Help hunt for fossils online
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If you know anything about real archaeology, you know it doesn't have that much in common with Indiana Jones. Finding ancient fossils involves less Nazi-punching and more scanning and digging.

It's still a rewarding pursuit, though. And now, you can join in and virtually hunt fossils in a real environment - Kenya's Turkana Basin.

Researchers at the Turkana Basin Institute and the U.K.'s University of Bradford have set up the Fossil Finder website to enlist the general public in helping them examine high-resolution surface images taken with drones and kites. "More eyes, more information, more discoveries," the site says.

In the Turkana Basin, east of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the earth's crust is pulling apart, making the site ripe for exposing fossils. But the area is rugged and hot, so the researchers used unmanned drones and kite-based cameras to document its surface.

Next page: How Fossil Finder works
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