Palaeontology Module Begins!

|Palaeontology Module Begins!

The Turkana Basin Field School proceeds apace. Today the palaeontology module began with Prof Doug Boyer of Duke University who arrived at TBI yesterday.

Prof Doug Boyer of Duke University

Prof Doug Boyer of Duke University

 

One of the first exercises was putting the earth’s history and timeline into perspective.

It all started with a bang a long, long time ago...

It all started with a bang a long, long time ago…

Students did this using rolls of toilet-paper, to illustrate some of the major events in the earth and evolution of life.

 

Evelyn and Kayla working on their timeline

Evelyn and Kayla working on their timeline

 

There were some major events that took place:

Photosynthesis - one of the key steps for life to develop further

Photosynthesis – one of the key steps for life to develop further

Here come the mammals and dinosaurs!

Dinosaurs and cute little mammals!

Dinosaurs and cute little mammals!

 

Later came the birds:

Lorraine adds birds to the earth's timeline

Lorraine adds birds to the earth’s timeline

 

And finally, just in the nick of time, the rest of ‘US’!

TBI-timeline-2013-LR2

 

More from the TBI Field School soon!

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:05+00:00 October 7th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Palaeontology Module Begins!

About the Author:

Hello! I'm Dino Martins, an entomologist interested in how insects keep the planet running, the biology of vectors and more broadly in the evolution of life and our role in a sustainable world. I teach for the Turkana Basin Field School and serve as the Academic Field Director and am a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.