The Turkana Basin Institute, in collaboration with the University of Bradford, has set up a web site fossilfinder.org, recruiting an army of ‘citizen scientists’ to help discover fossils and other ancient artefacts using the unique online platform “Zooniverse”.
fOssilfinder.org is a pioneering project, funded in part by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, enabling amateur fossil hunters to be part of a scientific team and make a direct contribution to developing knowledge about prehistory.
High resolution aerial imagery of fossil bearing surfaces was captured using a range of aerial platforms, including kites. These images have been uploaded onto an interactive website allowing online fossil hunters to examine the ground in minute detail. They can then mark on the images any objects of interest including rock types, fossil fragments or stone tools. These findings are submitted and will be used in the paleoenvironmental reconstruction of these landscapes.