Fossil specimens from Area 13

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Last year much of a pig skeleton was recovered from a rugged and rocky hillside covered in a tumbling dark and broken slabs of sandstone including many foot bones. We revisited this site and during long rains earlier this year, more of the pig skeleton had eroded from the slope. We were able to collect additional pieces from here. From quite close, one of the field crew discovered encased in a sandstone and calcrete cement, many parts of the skeleton of a small monkey including many of its foot and limb bones as well as a small part of its skull and lower jaw. The foot and hand bones are articulated but broken.

Carnivore site.

Carnivore site.

Another specimen found this year was found here at the base of this outcrop where Louise is taking notes during collection. We did a sieve at this site to ensure that we recovered as much of this specimen as possible.

Carnivore bones.

Carnivore bones.

Here is the specimen being unpacked at the Turkana Basin Institute lab. You can see the bones of the tail in this image.

Here are a series of images of fossils that we found last week. You are welcome to guess at what they might be!

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:06+00:00 August 1st, 2013|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Fossil specimens from Area 13

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