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Participants at TBI's Miocene workshop, held at our Turkwel research facility

Human Evolution Workshop

The Stony Brook University Human Evolution Series brings together top scientists and researchers from around the world for lectures and panel discussions on the most current issues of the day in the field of human prehistory.


Geological History of the Turkana Basin

The tenth annual Stony Brook Human Evolution Workshop was held at TBI’s Turkwel research facility, Augusts 2-6, 2011. Entitled “Geological History of the Turkana Basin,” this workshop explored the geologic setting of the Turkana Basin


Our ancestors’ ancestors: the Miocene roots of the hominin tree

The event gathered 18 researchers from around the globe for a private retreat at the Turkana Basin Institute’s Turkwel research facility to examine the Miocene epoch in the context of human evolution.


Half a Century after Zinj: Paranthropus boisei in Context

This symposium examined the development of scientific prehistory research in East Africa that resulted from the discovery of the Zinjanthropus fossil by Mary Leakey in 1959, and the subsequent dating of Olduvai Gorge in 1961.


Hobbits in the Haystack: Homo floresiensis and Human Evolution

This public symposium focused on a prehistoric hominin that has recently gained international celebrity status, the enigmatic Homo floresiensis. Since the announcement of this taxon in 2004, Homo floresiensis has emerged as one of the most fascinating and perplexing twists to the story of human evolution in recent history.


From Fishers to Herders: Holocene Subsistence Intensification in the Turkana Basin

The workshop examined several changes in human lifeways around Lake Turkana during the past 20,000 years.


Prehistory of the Turkana Basin: Opportunities and Priorities for Future Field Research

The workshop celebrated 40 years of research in the Turkana Basin and focused on the role the Turkana Basin Institute will play in facilitating future research in the region.


Diversity in Australopithecus: Tracking the Earliest Bipeds

The 1925 discovery, in South Africa by Raymond Dart, of a small creature he named Australopithecus africanus showed that our early ancestors were from the continent of Africa. While controversial at the time, it turned interest from exploring for human ancestors in Asia and Europe to Africa.


The First Humans

This workshop examined the origins of the human lineage in Africa. Human-like fossils and archaeological artifacts can be traced back as far as some 2.5 million years ago in East and South Africa.


Out of Africa I: Who, Where, and When

Genetic and paleontological evidence indicates that the human lineage diverged from that of the African Apes sometime between 5 and 10 million years ago. For most of our history, human evolution has been an African phenomenon.


The African Origins of Modern Humans

This symposium brought together many of the world’s leading anthropologists and archaeologists – scholars whose work provides broad coverage of 600,000 years of human evolution in Africa.