Discovering the Ugandan natural heritage : Welcome to the Palaeoweek !
From the 13th to the 18th of June will unfold a whole week dedicated to paleontology in Uganda. Discovery workshops for kids, a round-table, an exhibition, as many activities which will highlight the exceptional fossils sites of which the pearl of Africa is overflowed with, keys for a better understanding of our long gone past, a past shared with the great apes. If the latter are today endangered, they were back then fully expanding, between 20 and 8 million years ago. Uganda represents a natural museum witnessing this past.
The project will enable to sensitize the public to the climate changes which occurred over time, to the protection and conservation of the Ugandan heritage (actual and fossils) and to the paleontologist profession. The training of the public constitutes the best sensitization as for the necessity to protect the natural heritage, as well as a source of knowledge for the future. Study the past to better understand the present.
At the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the searches led by the paleontologist Brigitte Senut in Uganda, ending with the discovery of a Ugandapithecus major cranium, 20 million years old, in the Napak archaeological site, north west Uganda, a joint project lasting a week, between the embassy of France in Uganda, The Alliance Française of Kampala, the National Museum of Natural History in Paris and the National Museum of Kampala, offering three activities, will take place in the National Museum of Kampala.
A scientific workshop for kids
This week celebrating paleontological discoveries in Uganda will begin on the 13th of June with a scientific workshop dedicated to kids. Almost a hundred pupils, Ugandan and French, will be presented what is paleontology concretely and will have the opportunity to learn how to differentiate and cast fossils via practical workshops. Those activities will be animated by French, among them Brigitte Senut, and Ugandan paleontologists.
A round-table on the great apes and their environment
The palaeoweek will continue with the running of a round-table, on the 18th of June, under the theme of the great apes and their environment. This round-table will enable the highlighting of the excavations led by Brigitte Senut and the importance of our understanding of the present, regarding biodiversity, Uganda being a real natural museum, as well witness of the past as full of endangered endogen species. Many experts and researchers, Ugandan and French, in biology, paleontology and climate change, will participate, exchange and answer to the questions of the participants.
An exhibition enhancing the Ugandan heritage
Eventually, as soon as the round table will be over, an exhibition about Brigitte Senut researches will be unveiled and opened to the public until the 12th of July 2015. The main fossils discovered during Brigitte Senut’s mission in Uganda will thus be exhibited, the aim being not only to highlight the Ugandan heritage and to sensitize the public to its protection and conservation, but also to sensitize about the importance of paleontological research in the country.
For more information :
• the program of the palaeoweek :
• the detailed program of the round-table :
• the facebook palaeoweek event