The Field School students visited different deposits in the Napedet Hills south of TBI this morning to look for fossils.
This was to introduce the students to fieldwork and how fossils are located in the field, then how they get documented.
The first fossil discovery of the day was a fragment of a tooth. Teeth are often found preserved in these sites:
Students learned from Prof Doug Boyer and Nyete (an experienced TBI fossil finder) that patience, moving slowly and methodically and looking carefully are essential for finding fossils
Teeth were in abundance at the second site we visited, including those of crocodiles and hippos.
Students learned the importance of working in pairs and staying in sight of each other:
At this site, one of the more interesting finds was part of a femur that probably belonged to an ancient hippo (especially interesting to me as the bone had evidence of some insect damage that occurred when the animal died):
From the Pleistocene site we moved further back in time to a Miocene site that was deeper into the Napedet Hills.
This was a bleak, rocky site and the sun beat down mercilessly, but this did not deter the fossil hunters:
Students learned today that finding fossils is a lot of hard work and fun!
More from the Fall 2013 Field School soon!