The students have completed three modules thus far and are now at the beginnings of what many students came to TBI for: Human Evolution. Being home to one of the most extensive collection of fossil hominins, Turkana Basin is the ideal place to learn about human prehistory. Specimens like Paranthropus boisei, Homo rudolfensis, Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and Australopithecus anamensis have all been discovered in this region, further broadening our understanding of our evolutionary past. With that, it is not only exciting but extremely beneficial to be right where it all began, East Africa.
This module will be taught by paleoanthropologist Dr. Matt Skinner, where he will lead the students into our evolutionary past, introducing them to the vast amount of hominin fossils that have left evidence of who our ancestors once were. From the University of Kent, Dr. Skinner’s primary research focuses on the analysis of teeth and bones in order to answer the many questions we have about the evolutionary history of living and extinct primates, including our very own ancestors. With Dr. Skinner’s extensive background in paleoanthropology, the students are very fortunate to have someone with his expertise to be teaching their Human Evolution module!