So far in the field school we have learned all about the modern local environment and the history of life in the areas surrounding Ileret. But how do we measure this great depth of time? How can we know why and how the environments changed and the effects on the life they sustained over time?
Prof. Craig Feibel is renowned for his expertise on the geology and past environments of the Turkana basin. Prof. Feibel’s research focuses on the geological context for evolution in terrestrial ecosystems, relating these data to the story of human evolution. We at the TBI Field School are privileged to learn about the geological history of the Turkana basin from Prof. Feibel in the field, right here where it all took place.
Before getting into the nitty gritty of the geological history and past environments around Ileret, Prof. Feibel oriented the students to their surroundings with an instructive “geo-walk”. Hiking through different sediments, river channels and outcrops, Prof. Feibel showed students some geological basics for the area surrounding Ileret.