Valley of Omo Pre-historic and Paleontological site

Valley of Omo Pre-historic and Paleontological site - UNESCO registered

The areas of Omo Valley has internationally recognized as World Heritage site because of its outstanding paleo-anthropological and archaeological reserves. For instance, Omo, Fejej and Konso are among the prominent paleo-anthropological sites within and around the Omo valley.

Sites of the Omo Valley contain fossil remains dating back to between 4 million and 100,000 years ago. Fossils of the genus Homo species and stone artifacts have been discovered in various localities including the following;

  • The partial skull of Homo habilis, dated to 1.9 million years ago
  • Homo erectus fossils dated about to 1.7 to 1.8 million years old
  • Fossils of modern Homo sapiens in the Kibish area; Homo sapiens were originated 100,000 years ago most likely in Africa.

Generally, many remains of humans and pre-human ancestors have been discovered in the Omo valley and the surrounding areas including Australopithecus Afarensis, Australopithecus aethiopicus, Australopithecus boisei, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, archaic and modern Homo sapiens