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Life forms through time

Our ongoing module is Vertebrate Paleontology which is instructed by Prof. Ellen Miller. Students have been learning about the evolution of various forms of life on earth. We learn from Prof. Miller that, fossils are the gold mines for paleontologists as they enable them to collect data on the extinct fauna, flora and their past [...]

By |2019-10-15T08:22:02-07:00October 13th, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on Life forms through time

Camping at Koobi Fora

On our way to Koobi Fora, we made a pit stop at the fossil elephant site which houses the skeleton of an extinct Elephas recki. The fossil lies in situ in silty-like sediments that have been dated to about 2 mya.  Later on, we headed to our campsite at the Koobi Fora Museum where we [...]

By |2019-10-11T10:09:59-07:00October 10th, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on Camping at Koobi Fora

Main Fish Beds Projects

We are in the last week of the Geology Module. Students have been busy in the field finalizing their projects on the Main Fish Beds which were later presented on Tuesday evening. Our next few days will be spent in Koobi Fora where we are headed on Wednesday morning for a two-day camp. Keely [...]

By |2019-10-02T10:03:33-07:00October 1st, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on Main Fish Beds Projects

Doing a geological walk!

The Geology module started on Monday with a quick introductory lesson on safety to prepare students for the field excursions. Our instructor, Dr. Greg Henkes, introduced the students to the geology of Ileret, a locality in the East of the Lake Turkana Basin, characterized by Plio-Pleistocene deposits. A mini-expedition in the afternoon to the Koobi [...]

By |2019-10-02T10:26:49-07:00September 30th, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on Doing a geological walk!

Finishing up the Ecology module at Mpala

Welcome back! Our last week at Mpala was exciting and educational. The lessons on ecology and epidemiology with a focus on the mosquito vector were the peak of our discussion. Environmental and human factors influence the breeding spaces for mosquito larvae. In quest to understand this, the students hiked Mlima Fisi with Dr. Dino Martins [...]

By |2019-09-26T10:58:50-07:00September 26th, 2019|Fall 2019, Field Schools|Comments Off on Finishing up the Ecology module at Mpala

TBI Origins Fall 2019 Field School Program Kicks Off!

Greetings everyone! Welcome to the Fall 2019 Origins Field School. I am Winfred Mbogo, the resident academic director for this program and together with Medina Lubisia, the TA, we will be leading the students through this exhilarating journey. All students met last week in Nairobi and spent a couple of nights at the Wildebeest Eco [...]

By |2019-09-13T10:37:52-07:00September 12th, 2019|Fall 2019, Featured, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on TBI Origins Fall 2019 Field School Program Kicks Off!

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!