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Our last week at TBI

Our last week at TBI was an eventful one, with a lot of things to finish up before we packed up and came back home.  We took a trip to Central Island, learned a great deal about human evolution, visited an important paleontological site, and had a goat roast.  After a restful day last Saturday, [...]

By | 2018-08-21T19:12:32+00:00 August 21st, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Summer 2018|Comments Off on Our last week at TBI

Massive Lake Turkana burial site hints at social complexity of earliest herders

A groundbreaking study has found the earliest and largest monumental cemetery in eastern Africa built 5,000 years ago by early pastoralists living around Lake Turkana, Kenya. This group is believed to have lived without major inequalities and hierarchies, contradicting long-standing narratives about the origins of early civilizations. The study, led by Elisabeth Hildebrand, PhD, Department [...]

By | 2018-08-21T17:59:30+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Featured, General|Comments Off on Massive Lake Turkana burial site hints at social complexity of earliest herders

A Journey to Lomekwi: Part Two

Welcome to part two of our Lomekwi journey!  During the second week, we went on a day trip to Nariokotome, went swimming in the lake, and spent more time at the site.  The last blog post left off on Saturday the 4thof August.  On Sunday we had a rest day, and so decided to take [...]

By | 2018-08-20T09:39:44+00:00 August 14th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Summer 2018|Comments Off on A Journey to Lomekwi: Part Two

Finishing up the Archaeology Module

It’s been a productive week here at TBI! The last part of the archaeology module was all about learning how to excavate a site, and we were lucky enough to participate in an archaological dig with the Later Prehistory of West Turkana (LPWT) team. The site we’re working at, Nakwaperit 2, is thought to be [...]

By | 2018-07-29T21:45:01+00:00 July 29th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Summer 2018|Comments Off on Finishing up the Archaeology Module

Goodbye Mpala, Hello Turkwel!

Welcome back!  We’ve had an exciting week.  Our last few days at the Mpala research center were spent learning more about the savanna ecosystem surrounding us, and about the community that is a dynamic part of the ecosystem.  Wednesday morning, we went with Pat Milligan of the University of Florida to the greenhouses at Mpala [...]

By | 2018-07-19T09:02:14+00:00 July 19th, 2018|General|Comments Off on Goodbye Mpala, Hello Turkwel!

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