The Sahara Desert Essay

1040 Words Oct 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
The Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world. According to geography. about.com, the desert covers over 3,500,000 square miles. That is about 10% of the African continent. Today the Sahara Desert is one of the driest and hottest places in the world. The average temperature is 86 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature can rise up to 126 degrees Fahrenheit. The video “Bones of the Sahara” by PBS. The video is about a Paleontologist who discovers human bones in the Sahara Desert and he tries to discover who these people are and what civilization are they from. The Paleontologist also tries to discover what kind of life they lived and what the environment was like in the time the humans lived in.
The name of the Paleontologist is Paul Sereno. He is a well-known Dinosaur Paleontologist. In the year 2000 he was in the Sahara Desert searching for dinosaur bones, but he came across something more surprising and interesting. He found human bones in a site called Gobero. The bones were believed to be part of an unknown civilization. The site of Gobero is in the country of Niger and 300 miles in the Sahara Desert away from the town of Agadez. The site ended up being an ancient cemetery with 3 burial sites. The cemetery was thousands of years old. It was one of the older and larger cemeteries in the Sahara. Paul and his team would visit Gobero 4 times in 10 years and they found more bones each visit. The bones were believed to be Prehistoric and over 10,000 years old. That is…

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