During the Human Evolution module the students also got the chance to go on a number of field trips. The first was to the sites of Kalodirr and Losodok where Dr. Skinner set them the challenge of finding a Miocene Ape.
Kalodirr is dated to around 17 million years ago and it is where 3 different early fossil apes have previously been found – Turkanapithecus kalakonensis, Afropithecus turkanensis and Simiolus enjiessi.
No luck this time – the students didn’t find any apes; But they did find lots of other interesting fossil animals such as the Deinotherium – a prehistoric elephant with upside-down tusks.
The next field trip was to South Turkwell where some early hominin teeth and a radius had been found. The goal here was to return to the sites and go over them again to check whether any more bones had eroded out. For this the students did a hillcrawl near where the teeth were found, and some screening in the area where the radius was found.
During the second field trip the students also did a small survey of a nearby area during which they came across many pieces of a large elephant long bone on the surface and another large bit sticking out of the ground. After documenting the discovery the students returned to the site later in the week to excavate the bones. Here are some pictures.
The field school has now come to an end and the students are now on their way back home. However, we could not end the blog for the Spring 2014 Field School without the last update on the Turkana-lympics and the graduation ceremony which shall be coming up very soon, so stay tuned!