unmasking the faces behind the fossils

|unmasking the faces behind the fossils
The Turkana Basin has over the years produced many spectacular fossil finds, hominids being the most visible of them all. Behind this success story, has been the hominid gang; an exclusive group whose work is to survey and discover the fossils for you.

The Turkana Basin has over the years produced many spectacular fossil finds, hominids being the most visible of them all. Behind this success story, has been the hominid gang; an exclusive group whose work is to survey and discover the fossils for you.

  DANIEL ELGITE

He is one of the oldest members of this new generation hominid gang members or the GPS generation, aptly refered because they were the first batch to successfully and consistently use the Global Positioning System in the collection and use of data in the field. Born some 38 years ago in the sleepy village of Ileret and now the main centre in this part of Kenya, Daniel went to school both at Ileret and North Horr. Perhaps the most outstanding talent he has is that of finding hominids and find he has because he has discovered at least one hominid fossil in every season of work he has been around, at times even discovering several by himself. Quite gifted too in  tracking, he once led a search party after some naughty boys had made off with the crew’s lunch in the early days of field work in Ileret.

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Elgite working on a hominid sieve at Karare in Ileret: He is both hardworking and dependable

Easily irritable, Daniel is a polygamist and a father of several children and did i write that now he is a Dasanach elder! He inaugurates our new field crew profile segment that will be running here periodically.

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:38+00:00 October 27th, 2010|Hominid Hunters|Comments Off on unmasking the faces behind the fossils

About the Author:

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