Why it’s difficult for East African Journalists to Cover Scientific Discoveries

by: Anna Clark | CJR

Here’s a once-in-a-generation news item for you: The oldest human-like fossil—a jawbone discovered in Ethiopia—is radically turning back the evolutionary clock. At 2.8 million years old, it predates all known human fossils by nearly half a million years. The revelation was announced on March 4 in Science, and science geeks everywhere are aflutter, as mainstream media coverage zeroes in on the rarity and significance of the discovery.

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