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The field season takes a break

We close this season very content knowing that it has been a success. Its been exciting with several good discoveries made by several members of the field crew but as a result we spent longer on the sieves than finding new fossils.  The sieving is hot work especially in the afternoons. We sit by the [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:48+00:00 September 8th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on The field season takes a break

From the three seive sites

With the discovery, documenting and collecting of the hominin finds completed, each site now has to be seived. The crew does the preliminary sieving at the site and then the screened sediment is caried back to the car in sacks to be transported back to TBI Ileret field station. Here over the next six months [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:48+00:00 August 9th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on From the three seive sites

Three hominins in a single morning

The last few weeks have been busy and exciting for the crew members. What a day it was with the discovery of three hominin specimens- they were all found within hours of discovering the first one!                         Crew celebrates one of the hominid finds [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:48+00:00 August 2nd, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Three hominins in a single morning

John does it again

Just days after discovering the first hominid of the season in area 10, John seems to have done it again.The field crew moved into a new area and it was not long before he spoted a tooth lying on the surface. Its hard to spot these fossils as you can see from the picture below, [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:48+00:00 July 11th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on John does it again

Giant Crocodile Skull

This is probably the largest fossil specimen found and collected in recent years. This is the massive skull and mandible of a crocodile, some 1.8 million years old. It appears to have its mouth tightly shut and could so easily have belonged o one of the fierce and enormous river crocodiles on the Omo River [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:48+00:00 July 11th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Giant Crocodile Skull

Croc and hippo in sandstone

The past few weeks have been very busy for both the crew and the collection team; initially we were concentrating in Area 10. While we were there we were able to collect a large sand stone block which contained a partial hippo skull with the skull of a slender snouted crocodile- Euthecodon. These were cemented [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:48+00:00 July 11th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Croc and hippo in sandstone

Hominin teeth at the start of the season

Here is a report from our first few days in the field. We started the season returning to area 10, where we were working in 2007. There were some fossils that remained to be collected there and so we took the opportunity to work  the first week here as it is not far from the [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:49+00:00 June 17th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Hominin teeth at the start of the season

Preparation for the Field

We have begun the field season and therefore Sunday was a busy day spent going over the modern bone collection and the hominin casts that are at the TBI field station. Francis and Meave Leakey ran an excellent refersher class for us preparing us well for finding fossils in the field. We had verious identification [...]

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:49+00:00 June 7th, 2009|Koobi Fora Research Project|Comments Off on Preparation for the Field