Discovery sheds new light on 'green Sahara'
<p><img src="/files/images/stoj.preview.gif" alt="" hspace="5" vspace="5" width="254" height="170" align="left" /> <em>Photo credit: Mike Hettwer, Courtesy Project Exploration</em></p><p>Dinosaur hunters have stumbled across the largest and oldest Stone Age cemetery in the Sahara desert. Called Gobero, the area is a uniquely preserved record of human habitation and burials from the Kiffian (7700 to 6200 B.C.) and the Tenerian (5200 to 2500 B.C.) cultures.</p><p>A ridge on a male Kiffian thighbone told ASU bioarchaeologist Chris Stojanowski that the people – who ranged from six feet two inches to six feet eight inches tall – had huge leg muscles, likely from a high-protein diet and strenuous lifestyle. </p>