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Did The Human Race Begin In Africa? This New Museum Aims To Prove It Did

By DeAnna Taylor

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For ages, there has been a long-standing debate on whether the human race actually began in Africa. While there’s plenty of archeological evidence that it did, many people still have doubts.

Recently, Studio Libeskind unveiled their design for a new museum that will display artifacts from human history. Ngaren: The Museum of Humankind will be located in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

Many consider this particular area of Kenya to be the exact spot where the human race began. Around 35 years ago, scientists discovered what they believe to be the complete skeleton of a boy that lived over 1.5 million years ago. The boy was estimated to be between the age of 7 and 11 when he died.

Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey discovered the remains and is also the founder of the highly anticipated museum.

“Ngaren is a call to action,” Dr. Leakey expressed in a statement. “As we peer back through the fossil record, through layer upon layer of long extinct species, many of which thrived far longer that the human species is ever likely to do, we are reminded of our mortality as a species.”

The uniquely designed building will be shaped like Quartz that will appear to slice and cut into the sky. Designer Daniel Libeskind seeks to honor the tools used during prehistoric times through his architecture.


“I created a series of dramatic spaces within the museum that are architecturally dynamic and provocative, creating a unique context for the museum’s exhibitions that does not pacify artifacts but enhances and enlivens them,” said Daniel Libeskind in a statement.

The museum is set to be completed by the year 2024.

Do you think by placing this museum in Kenya, it will settle all debates? Or will it only further ignite the debate on where human life began?

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DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel writer. The Charlotte native recently completed one year abroad working as an English teacher in South Korea. Her hobbies include fitness, traveling to new countries, and trying new foods.

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