Our Ancestors

|Our Ancestors

This week students have been learning about our more recent ancestors that lived over the past 2 million years.  At around 1.8 million years there were six or more different species of early human-like species in Africa, and now there is only one left – us, Homo sapiens.  Students not only paid close attention to the many interesting lectures, but learned hands-on by closely examining the many fossil casts.

Devora is learning from Dr. Meave Leakey

Jimmy and Izaak

Measuring brain size by pouring lentils into a cranium

 

Some of our ancestors

Kim, Eunice, and Hanna are having fun!

Devora and skulls

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:20+00:00 March 1st, 2012|Field Schools|Comments Off on Our Ancestors

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.