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The 12th Human Evolution Workshop at TBI: ‘Handy-man’ in 2014

The twelfth annual Stony Brook Human Evolution Workshop was held at the Turkana Basin Institute’s (TBI) Turkwel research facility, between August 5-9th, 2014. The workshop was organized to mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication by Louis Leakey, Phillip Tobias and John Napier of the paper that established Homo habilis as a taxon (Leakey, L. S. [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:53-08:00August 9th, 2014|Featured|Comments Off on The 12th Human Evolution Workshop at TBI: ‘Handy-man’ in 2014

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 |2017-01-04T18:05:07-08:00April 12th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Lobolo and Eliye Springs: The final field for the field school

Independent discoveries from the fossils of Turkana

As part of the TBI Field School students get to work on new fossil material. Well, maybe not “new” in the normal sense of that word, but they get to work with material that no one else has laid hands on or thought about because it just came out of the ground a few days [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:08-08:00March 30th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Independent discoveries from the fossils of Turkana

Getting prepared to prep

Fossils usually aren’t very pretty when they come out of the ground. They’re usually caked in sediment or broken into tiny pieces that need to be reassembled. After they’ve been cleaned and put back together, the fossil is ready for interpretation, description, and display. Easier said than done. The process of getting a [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:08-08:00March 29th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Getting prepared to prep

Movin’ through the Miocene

African mammals started out weird. When the dinosaurs bowed out sixty-five million years ago after a rough season with a few Indian volcanoes and a rough weekend with an asteroid near Cancun, Africa was already a continent adrift. Much like the modern island continent of Australia, home to unique mammalian lineages like kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:08-08:00March 27th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Movin’ through the Miocene

Paleontology off to a smashing start

The Turkana Basin if famous for preserving the fossilized remains of our bipedal ancestors. But, there are more than fossil hominins in the rocks piled up around Lake Turkana. The remains of horses, pigs, fish, hyaenas, and hippos (lots of hippos) also tumble from the rock, providing the ecological and environmental context for the evolution [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:09-08:00March 25th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Paleontology off to a smashing start