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Fossil hunters took a break today to attend an anatomy class that was no doubt done in style.

Fossil hunters took a break today to attend an anatomy class that was no doubt done in style.


Fossil hunting recruits Loki (left) and Malmalo (right) adorning protective gear deflesh a domestic cat to add to the anatomy collection

 The crew went through the motions of boiling a domestic to recover the bones to be added to the modern bone collection that is a feature of the laboratory at the TBI Research facility.This was indeed a rare experience for the crew and especially the two recruits; Loki and Malmalo who joined the expedition this year and who badly need to have a firm grasp at their bones. The crew usually is adept at identifying fossil bones and they get lots of them and therefore anatomy classes are a very essential part of induction to the hominid gang group.

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Martin (in red cap) helps the crew to identify and clean a domestic cat for modern bone collection.

Martin who has done lots of work in the lab for a long time and who understands the bones very well was on hand to guide the crew and make sure that the job was done very professionally. Exercises like this which are done very often help the crew to have a firm grasp of the fossil bones that are discovered in droves out in the badlands and which the crew must know well for identification purposes.

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:39+00:00 August 30th, 2010|Hominid Hunters|Comments Off on fossil hunters get down to anatomy class

About the Author:

Lawrence Nzuve is the collections manager for the Turkana Basin Institute. He is based in Kenya.