This past semester has been one to remember. The students learned about the Ecology of the Turkana Basin, being able to identify all the common plant species in the region and understanding how animals foraging on these plants have affected the environment. They learned about the Geology of the Turkana Basin, where each and every one of them were able to identify the key formations in the region and create geological maps that scientists can benefit from today. Then, they took Vertebrate Paleontology, where each and every one of them had the opportunity to prospect, excavate and prepare fossils in the lab. In Human Evolution, the students learned about the diverse amount of hominin fossils discovered in this region and even found some amazing specimens (not hominins, but in the primate order!) of their own! Lastly, in the Archaeology of the Turkana Basin, they visited multiple world famous sites, learned how to knap, and even butcher a goat like how our past ancestors may have done! Most importantly, after all these modules, the students were able to see just how important each field is and why having an overall understanding of each is extremely critical in research. The students left the TBI Origins Field School with a better understanding of the world around them, but most importantly, with lifelong friends that they shared beautiful moments together this past semester!
We now have 12 new graduates of the TBI Origins Field School! We were very honored to have Dr. Richard Leakey and Dr. Meave Leakey present at the graduation ceremony. Dr. Richard Leakey gave an inspiring speech to the students, where he not only praised their hard work but gave them life advice that many of them will hold on to forever. It was truly a remarkable experience and absolutely fantastic to see all the students receive their graduate certificates from Drs. Richard and Meave Leakey! We are all so proud of our TBI graduates and cannot wait to see where all of them end up in the future!