Identifying and Reconstructing Fossils

|Identifying and Reconstructing Fossils

Yesterday students finally got to look at their fossils in more detail.  With the help of instructor Fred Grine and Meave Leakey, students did their best to identify, and piece together, the often very small bone fragments. Finds ranged from mammal bones to crocodile teeth and turtle shells.

Benson, Bean, and Acacia are sorting their bounty

Devora is identifying her fossils

Brittany and Eli had found over 300 fragments!

A typical assortment of fossils that were found by each student. Note the reptile teeth on the top.

Marcela and Bean found lots of fossilized turtle shell fragments.

Marcela and Bean are piecing together their turtle


By | 2017-01-04T18:05:20+00:00 February 28th, 2012|Field Schools|Comments Off on Identifying and Reconstructing Fossils

About the Author:

Hello, I am Anja Deppe. I am a physical anthropologist and am interested in all aspects of ecology and animal behavior. In Madagascar, I investigated how mouse lemurs (tiny primates) use their senses of seeing, hearing, and smelling to avoid predators. I am currently the director of the Turkana Basin Institute Field School and share my time between Kenya and Stony Brook University.