Fossil elephant cranium reveals key adaptations that enabled its species to thrive

A remarkably well-preserved fossil elephant cranium from Kenya is helping scientists understand how its species became the dominant elephant in eastern Africa several million years ago, a time when a cooler, drier climate allowed grasslands to spread and when habitually bipedal human ancestors first appeared on the landscape. Dated to 4.5 million years ago and [...]

By |2021-11-10T11:44:47+03:00November 10th, 2021|Featured, Sticky|Comments Off on Fossil elephant cranium reveals key adaptations that enabled its species to thrive

Training in Hydroponic Farming in Ileret

As part of the Water Energy for Food Programme Funded Project in Ileret, we have been conducting training in Hydroponic Farming for local community members. In June this year, we conducted public participation meetings to let people know about the opportunity and to share more about the project in general. This was brightened by [...]

By |2021-11-10T11:26:05+03:00October 7th, 2021|Featured, Local Community Outreach, Projects|Comments Off on Training in Hydroponic Farming in Ileret

New Luminescence Laboratory at Stony Brook will Illuminate the Past

This summer, the Turkana Basin Institute in association with Stony Brook University’s Department of Geosciences inaugurated the new Luminescence Dating Research Laboratory. Currently the only one of its kind on the U.S. East Coast, the establishment of this new facility was led by Assistant Professor Marine Frouin, a specialist in geochronology and luminescence dating, who joined [...]

By |2021-09-09T02:30:24+03:00August 31st, 2021|Featured, General, Sticky|Comments Off on New Luminescence Laboratory at Stony Brook will Illuminate the Past

TBI joins CONFMAP to improve public prehistory education in Kenya

The Turkana Basin Institute has joined the project Consolidating the Future through Mastering the Deep Past (CONFMAP), led by archaeologist Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University and TBI. The project is funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and aims to improve access to paleosciences for marginalized populations while raising awareness in Kenyan of the value of the prehistoric archaeological heritage of Turkana County in northern Kenya.

By |2021-09-07T12:08:36+03:00May 14th, 2021|Featured|Comments Off on TBI joins CONFMAP to improve public prehistory education in Kenya

Turkana Miocene Project explores climate change impact on evolution

The NSF Frontier Research in Earth Sciences program (FRES) has funded the Turkana Miocene Project proposal to the tune of ~$2.7 million. The grant will fund research over 4 years to better understand how climate change and tectonics interacted to shape the evolution of the environment in which the ancestors of humans and our closest living relatives, the chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangs emerged in Africa.

By |2021-05-14T10:04:08+03:00October 1st, 2020|Featured|Comments Off on Turkana Miocene Project explores climate change impact on evolution

Smithsonian Magazine names decade’s biggest discoveries in human evolution

Smithsonian Magazine has named the "Decade’s Biggest Discoveries in Human Evolution." Fourth on the list is the discovery in 2011 of the world's oldest stone tools, made by a team of archeologists led by Sonia Harmand and Jason Lewis of Stony Brook University: "When you think of technology today, you might picture computers, smartphones, and [...]

By |2020-05-01T10:46:09+03:00May 1st, 2020|Featured|Comments Off on Smithsonian Magazine names decade’s biggest discoveries in human evolution

Did the common ancestor of humans and great apes evolve in Africa or Eurasia?

It is known based on DNA analysis that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives to humans, the two together are closest to gorillas, then three together to orangs. Furthermore, humans, the great apes (chimpanzee, gorillas, and orangs) together with the lesser apes (gibbons and siamangs) belong to the superfamily named Hominoidea. The closest living [...]

By |2019-03-06T05:38:58+03:00March 6th, 2019|Discovery, Featured, Research|Comments Off on Did the common ancestor of humans and great apes evolve in Africa or Eurasia?
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