Day 10 in Madagascar: May 29, 2016

In the morning we went to a market in Ranomafana. It was very interesting to see the difference between this market and the other one we visited earlier. It was filled with people, animals and food. It was smaller than I thought it was going to be but it was still very fun. Although it was pouring it was still a good experience and it interesting to see the number of people out even though the weather was horrible.

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The afternoon was spent working with Dr. Wright. We helped categorize 9,000 year old bones and helped her look for gnaw and knife marks on the bones. In my group we sorted ribs of various animals like, hippo, alligator, and giant birds and helped look for any marks on the bones that could possibly be teeth marks. Other people helped look knife marks on the bones that could help prove that humans were alive on Madagascar 9,000 years ago instead of 2,000 years; which was what was previously believed. We also created a classifying system to help her organize the bones and we took photos of them for an online database. Working with Dr. Wright was an amazing opportunity that was super interesting.

 

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