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Archaeological investigations in southern Mauretania have revealed a wealth of rather spectacular stone masonry villages which were occupied by prehistoric cultivators as early as 1000 B.C. It is argued that the inhabitants of these villages were Negro and very probably Soninke, and that the basic elements of their culture had developed without major influences from outside the area. The apparent sophistication and complexity of this cultural manifestation, combined with the close fit of developments in this area with Carneiro’s theory of state formation, suggests that this prehistoric complex represented at least a powerful chiefdom which embodied many of the characteristics of subsequent West African states. The first demonstrable outside influences in the area began about 600 B.C. with the arrival of Libyco-Berbers from North Africa. Rather than causing still further cultural advances, the initial effect of this contact was the collapse of this sociopolitical organization. But with subsequent adjustment, plus the potential from trans-Saharan trade carried out by the North Africans, the basic, pre-existing pattern re-emerged, resulting eventually in a second and much more powerful African political organization in this area – the Ghana Empire.

The Bat Hawk (Macheiramphus alcinus) is unique among the raptors for its diet, which consists almost exclusively of bats. It ranges across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Malay Peninsula, Indonesia and New Guinea, and is unmistakable for its appropriately Batman-like dark plumage.

It is a gracile, medium-sized raptor (about 45 cm in length) with a number of adaptations which enable its high-speed-pursuit hunting style.

These proficient and strikingly beautiful hunters are ranked as a Least Concern species.

Pic: by Gary Albert, Sandakan, Malaysia, 2 June 2007 (via Wikimedia Commons)

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Terracotta head

Nigeria, Nok region

ca. 600 BC-AD 250

Although probably a fragment of a nearly life-size male seated figure, this head is remarkably well preserved. The Nok terracottas may have been part of a shrine or temple or were placed on a tomb. The identities of the portrayed figures remain unknown, but the adornments and elaborate hairstyles and headdresses seem to indicate that they represent notables or leaders.

From the Cleveland Museum of Art

“– An African-American man in South Carolina has lineage tracing back 338,000 years, according to a new study. The unidentified man’s Y chromosomes — a hereditary factor determining male gender — has a history so old that it predates the age of the oldest known h**o sapiens fossils, according to the report published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

The man’s chromosome carries a rare mutation, which researchers matched to a similar chromosome in the Mbo, a population living in a tiny area of western Cameroon in sub-Saharan Africa. “Our analysis indicates this lineage diverged from previously known Y chromosomes about 338,000 ago, a time when anatomically modern humans had not yet evolved,” Michael Hammer, associate professor at the Univ. of Arizona’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a research scientist at the UA’s Arizona Research Labs, said via a press release. “This pushes back the time the last common Y chromosome ancestor lived by almost 70 percent.”
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“Hama is a multi instrumentalist and electronic synthesizer composer from the Republic of Niger. His music has enjoyed wide acclaim throughout the country through his underground releases of unlabeled digital recordings on memory cards. Creating at the convergence of disparate influences, such as North African instrumental synth, Tuareg tishumaren, 90s Nigerien Hip Hop and second wave Detroit techno, Hama composes music that is futuristic and rooted in tradition, transmitting Tuareg guitar into the 21st Century.”

Sahel Sounds

In future I hope to release many more apps and continue to study Computer Science at the university.

A fifteen year old boy of Zambian origin has wowed the world of information and communication technology (ICT) by becoming one of the youngest Microsoft Technology Associates (MTA) in Europe.

This Boy of Zambian Origin Is the First Student to Become a Microsoft Certified Professional

Crested guineafowl (Guttera pucherani)
The crested guineafowl is a member of the Numididae, the guineafowl bird family. It is found in open forest, woodland and forest-savanna mosaics in sub-Saharan Africa. It has a total length of approximately 50 cm. The species is monogamous with probable strong and long-lasting pair bonds. There are five recognized subspecies.

photo credits: Steve Garvie, snowmanradio, Jacques Erard, Jeff Whitlock


Subspecies Spotlight #01: Saharan Cheetah.

Written by admin Lynx.

The Saharan Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus hecki) is a critically endangered subspecies of cheetah in northwest Africa. There are only an estimated 250 mature individuals remaining in the wild today.

Saharan cheetahs have a unique appearance compared to other subspecies; they have shorter, nearly white fur. Some individuals lack the trademark tear stripes along each side of their muzzle, and their spots fade from black to light brown on the legs. The total body size is also slightly smaller (around 40-45 kg.)

They are capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, and can even survive without direct access to water - most of their fluid intake being from the blood of their prey. They are known to be more active at night than other subspecies, this helps them avoid the scorching daytime heat.

Please consider donating to Sahara Conservation, an organization working closely with saharan cheetahs and other animals in the region.

With a new president in Madagascar, the country is finally taking steps towards exiting the four-year-long political crisis since a military-backed coup toppled the last democratically elected leader in 2009. It is now time for the new administration to tackle the more pressing issues plaguing the island, such as the alarming poverty rate among the most disenfranchised citizens and the rapidly deteriorating ecological system.

How Protecting the Environment and Fighting Poverty Are Linked in Madagascar

Guenons are Old World monkeys found in sub-Saharan Africa. Different guenon species exhibit incredible range of phenotypic features from differently shaped of ear tufts to differently coloured nose spots. It is thought that this great diversity has evolved to prevent interbreeding between different species (habitats of different guenon species often overlap geographically), which could lead to less fit offsprings.  

Illustration by Jonathan Kingdon