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World Water Day 2017

When Richard Leakey invited Sarah, Duchess of York, to visit the Turkana Basin Institute in Kenya their plan was to talk about humankind's place in the world. Sarah did not know that she would be visiting one of the places most affected by the devastating drought in northern Kenya just before World Water Day. [...]

By |2017-07-14T11:40:37-07:00March 22nd, 2017|Photos|Comments Off on World Water Day 2017

Stony Brook professor publishes stone tool book

Stony Brook University professor John J. Shea recently published a new work through Cambridge University Press entitled Stone Tools in Human Evolution: Behavioral Differences among Technological Primates. From the publisher's description: In Stone Tools in Human Evolution, John J. Shea argues that over the last three million years hominins' technological strategies shifted from occasional tool use, [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:29-07:00November 28th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Stony Brook professor publishes stone tool book

TBI hosts thirteenth HEW: Rethinking Tool-making

The Turkana Basin Institute will host the thirteenth workshop of the Stony Brook/TBI Human Evolution Workshop series at its Turkwel campus from August 2 - 6. Entitled Rethinking Tool-making, the workshop is organized by archaeologists Drs. Sonia Harmand and Hélène Roche. The 2015 discovery of the earliest-known stone tools at Lomekwi 3 in West Turkana [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:34-07:00June 20th, 2016|Events|Comments Off on TBI hosts thirteenth HEW: Rethinking Tool-making

Meave Leakey awarded National Geographic’s Hubbard Medal

Meave Leakey, Director of Field Research at TBI and research professor at Stony Brook University’s Department of Anthropology, received the 2016 Hubbard Medal, named for the first president of the National Geographic Society, Gardiner Greene Hubbard, often called National Geographic’s highest honor. The award is given for lifetime achievement in areas of research, discovery, and exploration. Meave Leakey in [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:34-07:00June 15th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Meave Leakey awarded National Geographic’s Hubbard Medal

Evidence of a prehistoric massacre extends the history of warfare

Skeletal remains of a group of foragers massacred around 10,000 years ago, on the shores of a lagoon in what is now southwestern Turkana, is unique evidence of a violent encounter between clashing groups of ancient hunter-gatherers, and suggests the “presence of warfare” in late Stone Age foraging societies. The fossilised bones of a group [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:38-07:00January 20th, 2016|Featured|Comments Off on Evidence of a prehistoric massacre extends the history of warfare

In conversation with Richard Leakey

Journalist and presenter Zeinab Badawi (BBC) will be conversing with Richard Leakey as he reflects on his life's work at the Royal Society in London next Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM London time (1:30 PM EST). Leakey's career over the past fifty years has spanned paleoanthropology, wildlife conservation and campaigning for political justice. This [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:40-07:00October 16th, 2015|Events|Comments Off on In conversation with Richard Leakey