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“Alesi”: Discovery & Analysis

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal Nature on August 10th, belongs to an infant that lived about 13 million years ago. The research was done by an [...]

By | 2017-08-14T15:44:44+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Media, Video|Comments Off on “Alesi”: Discovery & Analysis

13 million-year-old infant ape skull discovered in the Turkana Basin

The discovery in Kenya of a remarkably complete fossil ape skull reveals what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The find, announced in the scientific journal Nature on August 10th, belongs to an infant that lived about 13 million years ago. The research was done by an international [...]

By | 2017-08-15T15:57:59+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Featured, General|Comments Off on 13 million-year-old infant ape skull discovered in the Turkana Basin

Final week: archaeology, stone knapping, and graduation!

The students, staff, and Tom! During the final few days of the TBI Origins Summer Field School, Dr. Sonia Harmand joined our students for an intensive introduction to Earlier Stone Age archaeology in the Turkana Basin. Dr. Harmand and SBU post-doctoral researcher Dr. Nicholas Taylor led everyone in a practical lesson on stone [...]

By | 2017-07-17T13:07:10+00:00 July 16th, 2017|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Final week: archaeology, stone knapping, and graduation!

More research at TBI Turkwel

Students have been working on their research projects at the TBI Turkwel campus under supervision of Dr. Jason Lewis. One group of students has been drilling modern and fossil teeth to obtain samples that will be analyzed to examine stable carbon and oxygen isotope ratios. These data help to reconstruct what kind of plants the [...]

By | 2017-07-12T04:08:33+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Field Schools, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on More research at TBI Turkwel

Napudet hills and student research projects!

Ryan and Morgan at the Napudet Hills (photo credit: Dorien de Vries). Dr. Craig Feibel talks about the geological setting of the Miocene deposits in the Napudet Hills (photo credit: Dorien de Vries). Last Sunday, the students joined another group of visitors (part of the Academic Safari program hosted by TBI) [...]

By | 2017-07-10T05:56:50+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Napudet hills and student research projects!

Post-excavation lab work at TBI Turkwel

As a reward for their hard work in the field, the group spent last Sunday in the nearby town of Lodwar. Lodwar is the closest population center, and it is growing in size every day. The students enjoyed milkshakes at the Diner and some shopping for traditional trinkets like handmade baskets, kikois, and beaded jewelry. [...]

By | 2017-07-08T08:51:16+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Field Schools, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Post-excavation lab work at TBI Turkwel

Digging on a real excavation!

(Left to right) Dr. Sawchuk, TA Evelyn, Karolina, Adrianne, and Cecilia working hard on the bioarchaeology unit We’ve returned from the field! Yesterday afternoon we returned to the TBI Turkwel Campus after the 9-day excavation for the Archaeology module. Everyone enjoyed their wonderful TBI shower, dinner, and beds after roughing it in the [...]

By | 2017-07-06T01:54:25+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|General|Comments Off on Digging on a real excavation!