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The Number “1” -Discovery is of a 47-million-year-old, exceptionally preservedprimate fossil “Ida”, which bridges the evolutionary split between higher primates such as monkeys, apes and humans and their more distant relatives such as lemurs.
The Number “5”-Discovery is of the oldest fossil skeleton of a human ancestor,which reveals that our forebears underwent a previously unknown stageof evolution more than a million years before Lucy, the iconic early human ancestor specimen that walked the Earth 3.2 million years ago.
The Number “6”-Discovery is of a “ghost ship” dating back to the gold rush-era.With boots thrown hastily on deck and cooking utensils scattered, the last moments of the crew aboard the gold rush-era paddleboat A.J. Goddard are preserved in the ship’s recently found wreck.
The Number ‘9”-Discovery is the finding that sophisticated dentistry allowed Native Americans to add bling to their teeth as far back as 2,500 years ago. A recent analysis of thousands of teeth examined from collections in Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History has determined that ancient peoples of southern North America went to “dentists”-among the earliest known-to beautify their chompers with notches, grooves, and semiprecious gems.
The Number “10”-Discovery is of an ultra-rare mega-mouth shark, which at 13-feet long, was caught on 30th March 2009, by mackerel fishers off the city of Donsol in Philippines. But, the 1,102-pound (500-kilogram) shark was butchered for a shark-meat dish called kinuout. The discovery was confirmed by fossils found in northeastern Colombia’s Cerrejon coal mine, which indicate that the reptile was at least 42 feet (13 meters) long and weighed 2,500 pounds.