National Geographic : 1963 Jan
Olduvai standards; he seems to have lived some 200,000 years ago, at a time when man was surely a skilled enough hunter to bring him down (pages 132-33). Another likely quarry of man was an im mense baboon whose fossil skeleton we took from the gorge this year. This baboon was the discovery of Margaret Cropper, a young archeological trainee who worked for several months with us at Olduvai. Margaret was working at the bottom of a cliff when she spied some fragments of bone sticking out of a cliff face overhead. Cutting footholds with her excavating pick, she reached the fragments and brought them Mother cheetah, a cat with small head and slim, doglike body, lives with her woolly cubs near 01 duvai. At top she scans the horizon for signs of prey. Proud huntress returns to her brood after running down a fleet Thomson's gazelle. A cheetah's top speed, clocked at 70 miles an hour, exceeds that of any other mammal. As she feasts, a court of vultures gathers to wait patiently for scraps.