Returning Zinj: curating human origins in twentieth-century Tanzania

  title={Returning Zinj: curating human origins in twentieth-century Tanzania},
  author={Amy Staniforth},
  journal={Journal of Eastern African Studies},
  pages={153 - 173}
  • A. Staniforth
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • History
  • Journal of Eastern African Studies
Abstract The discovery in 1959 of the fossil fragments that would become the Zinjanthropus boisei skull propelled Olduvai Gorge, the Leakey family, and the search for human origins into the glare of the world's media. This triumvirate has remained in the public eye ever since, placing the discovery of “Zinj” at the very heart of our understanding of the archaeologists’ quest to uncover the deep history of human kind. This article traces the biography of the Zinjanthropus boisei skull from its… 
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