Human ancestors. This is why the Turkana Basin is on the paleontological map. Sure it preserves an intact record of the grassland ecosystem taking over East Africa and the immigration and local radiation of bizarre and wonderful plants and animals, but it’s the human story that draws us to Turkana.
It’s not an inexplicable bias. We want to know where we came from. As a species we love to tell stories about each other, about family, about relatives, and if we can’t do that, we tells stories about people we know or make up stories that reveal something about our past. An evening at the student dinner table is simple proof that we love telling and hearing about where we came from.
The Spring 2013 Turkana Basin Field School culminated in the Paleoanthropology module, in the story of our own origins, and Dr. Matt Skinner from the University College London would be our guide through the evidence and controversies that surround the interpretation of human evolution.