KNM-OG 45500

A 62-year search

This browridge is part of a braincase discovered by a Smithsonian team at Olorgesailie, a site known since 1942 for abundant stone tools. The discovery, made 62 years after research began there, is the first early human fossil known from Olorgesailie.

Image of Olorgesailie, Kenya, KNM-OG 45500 browridge
KNM-OG 45500
Exhibit item
Olorgesailie, Kenya
Date of discovery: 
Discovered by: 
A team led by Richard Potts
About 900,000 years old
Homo erectus