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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 |2019-03-12T10:56:36-08:00March 12th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on A journey through human evolution

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 |2019-03-03T22:42:11-08:00March 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 |2019-03-01T15:54:41-08:00February 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 |2019-02-12T04:14:18-08:00February 12th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Rocks and Sediments: A lesson in time travel

Farewell Mpala, Hello Ileret!

This week the students traveled further North to Illeret on the East side of Lake Turkana! Saying goodbye to Mpala, the students embark on a new adventure as they continue their ecology course with Dr. Martins. With a new and vast environment to explore, the students have the opportunity to take in the beauty and [...]

By |2019-02-04T16:47:46-08:00February 3rd, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Farewell Mpala, Hello Ileret!

Adventures at Mpala!

This week was as busy as it was exciting for the students! Dr. Martins and the students collecting Anopheles mosquito larvae (Photo Credit: Lucia Nadal) They started their week with Dr. Duncan Kimuyu, a researcher at Mpala who is a part of the long term exclosure experiment. This experiment consists of several sections [...]

By |2019-01-29T21:29:25-08:00January 29th, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Adventures at Mpala!

Students arrive in Kenya for Spring 2019 Origins Field School

Jambo and welcome to the Spring 2019 TBI Origins Field School! My name is Lucia Nadal and I am the Resident Academic Director for this program. Together with our TA, Petra Peretin, I will be accompanying the students throughout the next ten weeks, making sure that they have an unforgettable learning experience. The students arrived [...]

By |2019-09-13T10:38:56-08:00January 21st, 2019|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Students arrive in Kenya for Spring 2019 Origins Field School

The Field School’s Final Weeks: Archaeology, Goat Butchery and Graduation!

The students were very busy in our last two weeks in Kenya. The Archaeology module took us to many sites around Turkana where there have been important paleontological and archaeological finds or where there is exciting current research. The students walked the Turkana outcrops in search of bones, stone tools and pottery. Through their studies [...]

By |2018-04-25T16:23:02-08:00April 25th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on The Field School’s Final Weeks: Archaeology, Goat Butchery and Graduation!