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About Deming Yang

Hello! My name is Deming Yang. I am the TA for Spring 2017 Origins Field School. I am a PhD student in the IDPAS program at Stony Brook University and a TBI graduate fellow. Before joining Stony Brook for graduate school, I worked as an intern in Kenya for three years and gained amazing field experience. I have broad interests in early hominin evolution and paleoecology. My research is about dietary evolution in Plio-Pleistocene pig lineages.

Congrats to FS Graduates!

It is finally the end of the Archaeology module and our field school students have learned a lot about stone tools. Now it is time to put them in good use! Cracking nuts using a hammer stone and an anvil is just the beginning of technology. To convince ourselves that the stone flakes we made are capable [...]

By | 2017-05-12T10:10:58+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on Congrats to FS Graduates!

Some serious digging in the dirt

As the field school comes close to its end, students finally had the opportunity to experience how different pieces of information can be put together to tell a compelling story of human history. And we do it the TBI style: in the field! Equipped with all kinds of digging tools ranging from trowels to buckets, [...]

By | 2017-04-27T21:47:03+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on Some serious digging in the dirt

The grandeur of Lothagam

The TBI Turkwel campus has one of the best outlook points around the area: the roof of the research labs. From there, several landmarks in the region are clearly visible. Towards the south, there are two peaks barely noticeable above the horizon. They are in the area known as Lothagam, geologically one of the most [...]

By | 2017-04-30T15:15:36+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on The grandeur of Lothagam

The Nariokotome camping trip

Now that our field school students have gained a good understanding of how early stone tools are made, it is time to find some stone tools in the field! And that is what the students have been waiting for! The Origins Field School has a tradition of visiting one of the most well-known hominin sites [...]

By | 2017-04-12T20:39:37+00:00 April 12th, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on The Nariokotome camping trip

Visiting hominin ancestors

It is now the second week of the human evolution module of the Origins Field School and our dedicated students are ready for a new set of adventures! In the classroom, we have been learning about how different evolutionary theories have been developed around a rather limited hominin fossil record. With all the gaps in [...]

By | 2017-03-27T12:34:23+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on Visiting hominin ancestors

A family tree of Caminalcules

Families are considered functional units of a typical human society. Depending on the geographic and cultural origin, families can come in different shapes and sizes. The most straightforward way to relate all the members of an extended family is to draw a family tree. Most people know their immediate relatives such as a parent or [...]

By | 2017-03-26T12:44:25+00:00 March 22nd, 2017|Field School, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on A family tree of Caminalcules

Earth’s history unrolled

Where does the world come from is one of the most fascinating questions people have asked for thousands of years. Needless to say, the Earth came a long way before it took the shape that we can recognize today. How do we know about major Earth history events such as splitting up of continents, appearance [...]

By | 2017-03-08T08:21:37+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on Earth’s history unrolled