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The Geologist’s Toolkit

Geology is the foundation science. Pun intended. It is the study of how everything we can lay hands on came to be. Geology draws from every investigative discipline – physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology and a lot more ologies – to examine the wheres, whens, and whys of mountains, water, and us. But before a geologist [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:11+00:00 February 12th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on The Geologist’s Toolkit

What Makes Us Human?

One of the most challenging and interesting questions that has been pondered by scientists through the ages, from Aristotle to Darwin, through to the present day is where, when and how did we, humans, come about? This is a BIG question that perhaps almost everyone has asked at some point in our lives. [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:14+00:00 June 1st, 2012|General|Comments Off on What Makes Us Human?

Dr. Lawrence Martin assumes full-time directorship of TBI

Stony Brook University's Dr. Lawrence Martin has agreed to serve, on a full-time basis, as Director of the Turkana Basin Institute. Martin has been at the heart of TBI activities since its creation in 2005, and has worked closely with Richard Leakey on fundraising, developing a field school, developing a self-sustaining business plan for TBI [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:22+00:00 January 12th, 2012|Featured, General|Comments Off on Dr. Lawrence Martin assumes full-time directorship of TBI

Louise Leakey and Autodesk launch 3D fossils website

Dr. Louise Leakey (TBI, Stony Brook University) and 3D software company Autodesk have teamed up with the National Museums of Kenya to create an ongoing interactive showcase famous fossil discoveries from the Turkana Basin in virtual 3D. Newley launched, AfricanFossils.org enables visitors to explore a virtual "lab" filled with numerous famous fossil finds which can [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:22+00:00 November 30th, 2011|Featured, General|Comments Off on Louise Leakey and Autodesk launch 3D fossils website

Savannas accompanied human evolution for six million years

University of Utah scientists used chemical isotopes in ancient soil to measure prehistoric tree cover – in effect, shade – and found that grassy, tree-dotted savannas prevailed at most East African sites where human ancestors and their ape relatives evolved during the past 6 million years.

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:25+00:00 August 5th, 2011|General|Comments Off on Savannas accompanied human evolution for six million years

Scientists from around the world attend tenth Human Evolution Workshop

Scientists from around the world are arriving at TBI's Turkwel research facility in northern Kenya for the tenth annual Stony Brook University Human Evolution Workshop, held August 2-6. The workshop, entitled “Geological History of the Turkana Basin,”  will cover topics such as the plate tectonic setting of the Turkana Basin, relation of the Turkana Depression [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:25+00:00 August 1st, 2011|Featured, General|Comments Off on Scientists from around the world attend tenth Human Evolution Workshop