All Posts by PHILIPPA SUMNER

Africa: the birthplace of mathematics

Maths is helpful, beautiful and necessary to everyone in the world. And maths was first used in Africa! Businesses, governments, schools- everyone uses maths all the time. Everyone learns to count to 5 early in their childhood. But where did these numbers come from? LEMBOMBO BONE The oldest ruler ever

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Did you know? How the first humans came from Africa

Humans have been around on earth for many years. But where did we come from? Scientists have proven that we have evolved from primates. Primates are a group of animals that include monkeys, chimpanzees, orangutans and gorillas. The scientific name for humans is ‘homo sapiens.’ Many scientists have found evidence

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What is evolution?

DEFINING EVOLUTION Evolution is the theory of new species (different types of living things) arising over time. All animal and plants have evolved from one single organism many, many years ago. CHARLES DARWIN In 1859 an important book was published. It was called ‘On the origin of the species.’ This

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Endemic animals of Africa

Endemism. An endemic animal or plant is one that is only found in a certain region or island. Endemic animals are often endangered. Without protection, they might disappear within a few years. HOW DO ENDEMIC SPECIES ARISE? Endemic animals cannot leave their environment. This is because there is a big

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The place of insects in our ecosystem

We don’t often think about insects. They are small and fly around very fast. They can be annoying when they get in your food or fly by your face. Very often they are deadly. Malaria is carried by insects and kills many people each year. Even though there are insects

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The harmful consequences of poaching

PHILIPPA SUMNER In Africa poaching is sadly a common occurrence. Poaching is the illegal hunting or capturing of wild animals. All animals, including humans, have come from the same ancestor. All animals are of equal importance in the world. We cannot function without animals. Animals cannot function without humans. Just

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Wildlife tourism and what it means for Africa

WHAT IS TOURISM? The definition of tourism is the business of providing entertainment, transport or places to stay for someone who is on holiday. A tourist can be someone who comes from a different country, or just a different town. TOURISM IN AFRICA Tourism is hugely important in Africa. Beaches,

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