An intensive effort, starting with the preparation and molding of the fragile fossils themselves, resulted in this vertical display of an elaborate triple burial. Created under the direction of paleontologist Paul Sereno at the University of Chicago, this restored burial allows the intricately posed skeletons, and even the stone tool artifacts within the grave, to be seen from both the top and bottom sides. The restoration was unveiled at National Geographic headquarters in 2008, at the announcement of a major research publication on this Stone-age human site.
Citation: Sereno PC, Garcea EAA, Jousse H, Stojanowski CM, Saliège J-F, et al. (2008) Lakeside Cemeteries in the Sahara: 5000 Years of Holocene Population and Environmental Change. PLoS ONE 3(8): e2995.