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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

Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution

Ancient DNA recovered from fossils is a valuable tool to study evolution and anthropology. Yet fossil DNA has not been found yet in any part of Africa, where it’s destroyed by extreme heat and humidity. In a potential first step at overcoming this hurdle, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and [...]

By | 2017-09-11T12:03:58+00:00 September 11th, 2017|Featured, General|Comments Off on Ancient Glycans May Help Trace Human Evolution

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

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!

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!

Stones, sediments, and artifacts – archaeology has begun!

(Counterclockwise from bottom left) Petra, Sheng, Karolina, Nathan, Kelly, Ian, and TA Evelyn watch as Dr. Lisa Hildebrand discusses how to recognize stone tools. This week our students have started their second module ‘Archeological Methods’, taught by Dr. Lisa Hildebrand. The first three days were spent bringing the students up to speed on [...]

By | 2017-06-29T13:08:34+00:00 June 21st, 2017|General, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on Stones, sediments, and artifacts – archaeology has begun!

TBI makes a splash! Visiting Lake Turkana.

It can get pretty hot here in Turkana, so this weekend the students made two separate trips to the massive East African rift lake to cool off and take a well-deserved break from their first module. On Friday and after a week full of lectures, lab activities, and assignments, the whole group loaded up in [...]

By | 2017-06-20T11:17:18+00:00 June 20th, 2017|General, Origins Summer 2017, Origins Summer Field School|Comments Off on TBI makes a splash! Visiting Lake Turkana.