Artificial intelligence will be the future of finding fossil sites
The next Indiana Jones will have to be a hell of a programmer.
Lucy, the famous Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, was found by accident when palaeoanthropologist Donald Johanson took a detour back to his Land Rover in Ethiopia in 1974. Such luck will always have a place in fossil hunting, but artificial intelligence now promises to assist, after a team trained a computer neural network to recognize fossil sites in satellite images.
(via Nature News, photo by Bill Thompson)