Part of learning about the geology of the Turkana basin is to visit and examine rock exposures related to archaeological and fossil sites and how to interpret the former landscape of past life. For this next part of the field school, Dr. Feibel told of the geologic history and gave us a tour of the historic site of the KNM-ER 1470 hominin find, along the Karari ridge. This fossil is a nearly complete cranium of an early Homo species that is about 1.9 million years old.
I am a Ph.D. candidate at Stony Brook University, NY and have the pleasure of being the Resident Academic Director of the TBI Origins field school for Spring 2017. I study Early Pleistocene stone tool technology, and have been conducting research in Turkana since 2012. My dissertation research uses an experimental approach investigating when and how human ancestors started creating patterned shapes in their stone tools (< 2 million years ago).