The Power of Paleontology

As paleontology neared the end, students were able to demonstrate what they learned throughout the course by designing research experiments. These projects focused on a wide array of paleontological methods and topics including excavation, tooth wear, and how an animal's chewing rate correlates with its body size. The students worked quite hard on these projects [...]

By | 2017-03-15T09:35:41+00:00 March 15th, 2017|General, Spring Field School 2017|Comments Off on The Power of Paleontology

Stony Brook professor publishes stone tool book

Stony Brook University professor John J. Shea recently published a new work through Cambridge University Press entitled Stone Tools in Human Evolution: Behavioral Differences among Technological Primates. From the publisher's description: In Stone Tools in Human Evolution, John J. Shea argues that over the last three million years hominins' technological strategies shifted from occasional tool use, [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:29+00:00 November 28th, 2016|General|Comments Off on Stony Brook professor publishes stone tool book

Afternoon Knaps

The next morning in class, we were introduced to archaeological vocabulary, necessary to accurately understand and describe stone artefacts. We learned how to describe the physical characteristics, such as: ventral (internal) and dorsal (external) sides of a flake; cortex, or the external skin of the original rock; and negatives (signs of a flake removal) and positives [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:30+00:00 November 13th, 2016|Fall Field School 2016, Field School, General|Comments Off on Afternoon Knaps

Ecology week 1: The carnivores of Mpala

After learning about the primary producers (vegetation) and their primary consumers (herbivores), we moved on to discuss those animals higher up the food chain. Carnivores play crucial roles in ecological systems – they keep prey species’ populations in check, allowing for natural regenerating of grazed areas on the landscape. They also cull sick animals to [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:37+00:00 January 29th, 2016|Field School, General, Spring Field School 2016|Comments Off on Ecology week 1: The carnivores of Mpala

Turkana moths make a DNA debut!

The Turkana ecosystem is home to a wide range of species, including many different kinds of insects. One of the challenges of understanding biodiversity is the fact that many species have not yet been classified, and are in general poorly known or studied. This is true for most of the remote, tropical areas of the [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:04:56+00:00 February 7th, 2014|General|Comments Off on Turkana moths make a DNA debut!

Visit to Turkana Basin Institute by Kenya’s Deputy President

We had a high profile visit a few weeks ago at TBI-Turkwel and TBI-Ileret by the Deputy President William Ruto, Dr. Hassan Wario, Minister for Cultural Heritage and Sports, the Governor of the Turkana County, Governor Nanok and several senior government officials. The visit was at the invitation of Richard Leakey. They visitors arrived by helicopter in [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:06+00:00 August 7th, 2013|Featured, General|Comments Off on Visit to Turkana Basin Institute by Kenya’s Deputy President

Graduation and Goodbye

In Kenya, rain is a blessing. It is something to celebrate if you have rain on your wedding day. If rain is a blessing, then nature wanted to shower the last few days at the Turkana Basin Institute with signs that this was a blessed experience. As Dr. Matt Skinner from University College [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:07+00:00 April 16th, 2013|Field School, General|Comments Off on Graduation and Goodbye

Lobolo and Eliye Springs: The final field for the field school

The Pleistocene is sometimes called the Ice Age, but ice was as rare 2 million years ago as it is today in the Turkana Basin. Instead the glaciers in the north caused the deserts and arid grasslands to expand as the ice advanced and the expansion of the forests when the ice retreated. Our early [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:07+00:00 April 12th, 2013|Field School, General|Comments Off on Lobolo and Eliye Springs: The final field for the field school