This week's Fossil Friday is Specimen BOU-VP-2/66. The Daka Calvaria, a million year old Homo erectus skullcap discovered in 1997 by Leakey Foundation grantee Henry Gilbert, who was a Ph.D candidate at the University of California, Berkeley at the time of the discovery. The fossil was discovered in the Middle Awash region of the Afar Rift in eastern Ethiopia, which has been the source of many fossil human ancestors, ranging from half a million years old to more than 6 million years old.
We chose the Daka Calvaria for this week's Fossil Friday because if you're in the San Francisco area, you can learn about this discovery from Henry Gilbert himself. "Whatever Happened to Homo Erectus?" is a free event being held on Wednesday, August 20 at SoMA StrEat Food Park.