Hadar Picture Gallery

Pictures taken during the 1993 and 1994 field seasons.

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Elowaha – the turn in the road to Hadar.

Sintaiyu's Place – a refuge during labor negotiations.

The "Lip" – from the uneroded plains into the Hadar Formation.

Hadar Camp, 1994 — near the junction of the Sidiha Koma and Awash Rivers.

The Hadar River and surrounding sediments near the middle part of its drainage. These sediments of the Hadar Formation are between 3.0 and 3.4 Ma.

Sediments in the upper Hadar River drainage. These sediments of the Hadar Formation are less than 2.5 MA.

The Bazinomobile in the lower reaches of the Hadar River during the dry season.

The "Lucy Site" AL288 as it is today (1993) (middle distance).

The "First Family Site" AL333 in 1993 (on the very steep slope, just below the horizon).

AL444, site of discovery of the new adult male cranium of Australopithecus afarensis found in 1990.

AL666, in the middle distance, site of the discovery of the earliest known specimens of Homo habilis in direct association with stone tools (2.3 Ma).

The BKT II tuff – a thin volcanic ash near the top of the lower sediments at Hadar dated at 2.9 Ma.

An ossicone of the extinct, giant, short-necked giraffe — Sivatherium marusium — from the lower part of the Hadar Formation. Ossicones are skin covered, horn or antler-like protuberances on the heads of giraffids.

A fragment of the left lower jaw of Thryonomys cf. swinderianus — the giant cane rat. This specimen is from the upper part of the Hadar Formation and is probably less than 2.0 Ma.

The horn cores and neurocranium of Tragelaphus aff. kyaloae — an extinct sitatunga-like antelope that is common in the lower Hadar Formation.

The right lower third molar of Metridiochoerus andrewsi, a very large extinct pig, from the upper levels of the Hadar Formation.

A skull of a female of Theropithecus darti, the dominant monkey in the lower sediments of the Hadar Formation.

The Afar crew who help me with the general paleontological survey of the upper sediments of the Hadar Formation.

Members of the Hadar Research Project in 1993.

Me at Hadar in 1994.

Afofili – the hill of bones – at sunset.


Pictures taken during the 2000 and 2001 field seasons.

AL822-1, a new skull of Australopithecus afarensis found in 2000.

AL822, the skull was found on the slope below the small cliff.

AL822, can you see the skull fragments?  One is circled in red as a hint.

The finders of AL822-1 (left to right, Dato Adan, Arbrahaim Nori and Hamedu Meter).  Dato Adan found the first piece.

AL827-1. A new femur of Australopithecus afarensis
found in 2000.  It is much bigger than Lucy’s, but second only to hers in completeness.

Hadar Camp in 2000.  The gallery forest of the Awash River and the hills of the Dikika area are in the background.

Most of the crew in 2000.

Hot and tired in Hadar.


In Memorium

Dato Adan (ca. 1960 – 2002).

Ali Nori (ca
. 1980 – 2002).

Arbrahaim Habib (ca
. 1980 – 2003).

Ali (Samla) Yusef (ca.
1960 – 2003).