Hunting for fossils in South Turkwel and the Napadet Hills

|Hunting for fossils in South Turkwel and the Napadet Hills

At the beginning of this week the students started the new module, Human Evolution, taught by professor Bill Kimbel. Over the last few days they have been learning about the paleoenviroments associated with the rise of early hominids, the evolution of bipedal locomotion and the associated anatomical transitions from our quadrupedal ancestors, and the potential candidates for the earliest hominins.

Today the students went out on the first field trip for this module to two main sites – South Turkwel and the Napadet Hills. South Turkwel is the site where 4 Paranthropus teeth were found in 2010. The quest today was to find a fifth tooth for the collection.

Students brace themselves for the dusty trip ahead

Students brace themselves for the dusty trip ahead

Students spread out to cover a wider area

Students spread out to cover a wider area

Kathleen and Luisa scan the ground for fossils

Kathleen and Luisa scan the ground for fossils

Is it a bone or is it a stone? Dr. Kimbel and Nyete share their expertise with Chelsea.

Is it a bone or is it a stone? Dr. Kimbel and Nyete share their expertise with Chelsea.

See you next time!

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:04+00:00 October 24th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Hunting for fossils in South Turkwel and the Napadet Hills

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