This past week in paleontology, the students spent time in lab learning how to identify bones of mammalian species found in the Turkana Basin and understanding differences in functional morphology. This is an important skill set because when we go into the field next week, the students will be able to identify any fossils they find. On Saturday, the students also spent a morning with the collections in the research labs to familiarize themselves with some of the fossils they might come across in the field!
The students loved the hands on experience with original fossil material, and they were able to practice what they have already learned in identifying fossil bones. Two of TBI’s most experienced fossil hunters, Sale and Apolo, were available to answer all of the students questions. It was a great first week in vertebrate paleontology and students were now ready for fossil hunting in the field!