Between 1923 and 1937, a group of fossils were unearthed at a site near Bejing (which, at the time, was referred to in the west as “Peking”) that belonged to Homo erectus pekinensis, is an example of Homo erectus. As war approached in 1941, the fossils were spirited away to protect them. The problem is, they disappeared along the way.
Today, the site is run under the auspices of the Beijing People’s Municipal Government. The local government has built a new museum, which can be seen in the lower right hand of the contest image.
Those who dug up the answer were:
- Phil Ower
After the hint:
- Mehmet DURMUS
- steve willis
- Eloy Cano
UNESCO World Heritage Site. What was found here has been missing since 1941.
This week’s contest was an attempt to drive our contestants to “think outside of the box” (or, more appropriately, at the corners of the coordinate box). The site was chosen entirely based on the interesting coordinate sequence. The inspiration for chosing this location came from a recent perusal of a website called confluence.org dedicated to documenting and photographing points on the earth where integer coordinates meet (like, for example, 47°N 9°E)
The site, interestingly enough since it is in the north western quadrasphere, is in Senegal Africa. Specifically, the area just south of the Nikolo Koba national park.
Those who found it (all before the Wednesday hint):
It’s all about the numbers.
We have at least one correct player, so there will not be an extra hint. There will still be the regular Wednesday 0:00 GMT hint.
When Andrew and I took on doing this job, we knew we had a bunch of really strong players, but we had NO idea of some of the difficulties we would face to make Where On Google Earth both fun and challenging. This is a serious nod of respect towards you guys, but it means that we have a leaderboard with WAY too many first places entries for this late in a series. So…
We may be wrong, but we think this one may be REALLY hard. Hard enough to be discouraging for some folks, and we really don’t want to lose any of our regular players. As a result, we are going to do things a little differently for just this contest.
If, and only if, we have no correct guesses by Sunday at 0:00 GMT, we will publish a special, no-cost clue. If the clue does get published, guesses after that clue until the usual Tuesday at 0:00 GMT clue will still get 2 points, with 1 point for any after the regular Tuesday clue.
Here’s your target:
The Quitsato Sundial is an astronomical site, a cultural/tourist site, and a monument to the Equator, all wrapped into one location.
Those who walked the line:
José Miguel Diaz
And those who used the hint to get to the solution: