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Tracing our Ancestry

This Week, the students have been introduced to the story of being and becoming human. The scientific story of human evolution. Humans have always been curious to identify who they really are which poses questions like; how and why are we different from other mammals? What made us develop distinct traits like bipedality and bigger [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:00:25+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Tracing our Ancestry

Studying Vertebrate Paleontology in Turkana

The students are now well into the Vertebrate Paleontology course with Dr. Bill Sanders from the University of Michigan. Professor Sanders has been teaching the students how to interpret the skeleton and teeth of animals in order to understand how they lived. You can understand a lot about an animal based on its bones. The [...]

By | 2018-03-05T14:10:04+00:00 March 1st, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Studying Vertebrate Paleontology in Turkana

Visit to Ileret Town

A Dasenach village. Photo: Rosie Bryson The students visited a village in Ileret and got to know more about the culture of the local Dasenach people. The Dasenach are a pastoralist community living in Marsabit County within the Turkana region. One of the things the students learned was the division of labour within [...]

By | 2018-02-25T20:03:57+00:00 February 24th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Visit to Ileret Town

Performing Geologic Autopsies and More

  In the last week, we have been delving deeper into the geology of the Turkana Basin. This included seeking to understand how stratigraphic units (distinct layers of soil piled on top of each other which represent different time periods) are formed and how to interpret individual sedimentary strata’s  in order to reconstruct past environments. [...]

By | 2018-02-20T10:50:44+00:00 February 18th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Performing Geologic Autopsies and More

Reading the Rocks in the Cradle of Humanity

Our Geology module with Dr. Craig Feibel and Dr. Robert Raynolds continues at the TBI campus! Dr. Feibel started off the week with an introduction to the different rock “species” found in the Rift Valley. The students have been working hard to memorize more than 20 different types of rock, as well as state it’s [...]

By | 2018-02-13T08:14:52+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Reading the Rocks in the Cradle of Humanity

A Journey through Time in Sediments

Photo: Deming Yang The ecology module has ended. The next module, Geology, has started. Dr Craig Feibel and Dr. Bob Raynolds  are the instructors taking the students through the geological history of the Turkana Basin. The students are spending time in the lab learning about rocks. They are also going out into the [...]

By | 2018-02-12T10:13:44+00:00 February 9th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on A Journey through Time in Sediments

Adjusting to the Heat

Since their arrival at TBI-Ileret, students have continued to expand their understanding of ecological research methods. Here, they have also been introduced to new TAs, the Dassenatch people, and more heat than they were accustomed to at Mpala. They all are adjusting really well to this new environment which is great since this will be [...]

By | 2018-02-05T11:57:06+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Adjusting to the Heat