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Last week of the TBI Spring 2019 Field School Adventures!

The final week of the field school arrived and it started with a lesson in stone tool making! Students had the chance to do some flint knapping and quickly understood the complexities involved in having to produce quality stone tools. It was clear after a couple of hours that making useful stone tools is something [...]

By |2019-04-06T09:45:23-07:00April 6th, 2019|General|Comments Off on Last week of the TBI Spring 2019 Field School Adventures!

Can You Dig It?

The students started off the Archaeology module with Dr. Elisabeth Hildebrand in Lodwar; the biggest town in the northwestern part of Kenya. Accompanied by Justus Erus Edung, who works with the National Museums of Kenya and has extensive knowledge about Lodwar, the students were escorted to three cultural and historical sites within Lodwar. Justus explained [...]

By |2019-03-29T23:05:14-07:00March 29th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Can You Dig It?

Turkwel here we come!

On our last week of the Human Evolution module Professor Tracy Kivell led the students out to Area 13 where they would be tracking down two hippo humeri to plaster and they would see the site where hominin fossils were found in 2015! The students also go to partake in a hill crawl; which consists [...]

By |2019-03-20T21:53:18-07:00March 20th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Turkwel here we come!

A journey through human evolution

During the past week the field school has been tracing back the origins of our own species with the Human Evolution module led by Dr. Tracy Kivell! Our days have been divided into morning lectures and afternoon lab sessions and so far we’ve covered skeletal anatomy, origins of bipedalism, and the very intricate story of [...]

By |2019-03-12T10:56:36-07:00March 12th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on A journey through human evolution

Did the common ancestor of humans and great apes evolve in Africa or Eurasia?

It is known based on DNA analysis that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives to humans, the two together are closest to gorillas, then three together to orangs. Furthermore, humans, the great apes (chimpanzee, gorillas, and orangs) together with the lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs) belong to the superfamily named Hominoidea. The closest living [...]

By |2019-03-06T05:38:58-07:00March 6th, 2019|Discovery, Featured, Research|Comments Off on Did the common ancestor of humans and great apes evolve in Africa or Eurasia?

The World Through the Eyes of a Paleontologist

The students started off the week being introduced to their newest professor, Dr. Mikael Fortelius, a professor at the University of Helsinki, who will be teaching the Vertebrate Paleontology module. Dr. Mikael Fortelius! (Photo: Petra Peretin) They were introduced to the research labs at Illeret and had the opportunity to look at the [...]

By |2019-03-03T22:42:11-07:00March 3rd, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on The World Through the Eyes of a Paleontologist

A “Tuff” Act to Follow

At the start of the week the students spent the morning in their three groups heading back out to the MFB (Main Fish Beds) with their geology professors to Areas 3, 6, and 6A. During the afternoon, Dr. Greg Henkes gave a lecture on carbon, oxygen and nitrogen isotopes, which can be used to both [...]

By |2019-03-01T15:54:41-07:00February 19th, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on A “Tuff” Act to Follow

Rocks and Sediments: A lesson in time travel

The Geology of the Turkana Basin course taught by Dr. Craig Feibel, Dr. Bob Reynolds and Dr. Greg Henkes started last Monday at TBI Ileret! The Origins Field School students explore Area 6A. Photo: Lucía Nadal We’ve been going out on many geological walks taking us back in time millions of years to [...]

By |2019-02-12T04:14:18-07:00February 12th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Rocks and Sediments: A lesson in time travel