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 |2021-09-09T02:30:24-07:00August 31st, 2021|Featured, General, Sticky|Comments Off on New Luminescence Laboratory at Stony Brook will Illuminate the Past

Local knowledge informs conservation efforts in Sibiloi National Park

A new study highlights the dramatic biodiversity loss of carnivores in the Turkana Basin's Sibiloi National Park by examining both ecological sampling methods and observations of wildlife by local pastoralists. Sibiloi National Park is located on the north-eastern shore of Lake Turkana and is well known for its paleontological record of human evolution. Historically, Sibiloi [...]

By |2021-01-15T08:38:23-08:00January 15th, 2021|General|Comments Off on Local knowledge informs conservation efforts in Sibiloi National Park

Local youth outreach through football

TBI has been organizing a number of football tournaments in Ileret to keep the youth engaged and active during this long school hiatus due to COVID-19. With schools closed indefinitely, students were sent back to their villages with little opportunity for engagement and activity, leaving them vulnerable to early marriages, teenage pregnancies, and drug [...]

By |2020-11-23T11:08:47-08:00November 23rd, 2020|General, Local Community Outreach|Comments Off on Local youth outreach through football

Last week of the TBI Spring 2019 Field School Adventures!

The final week of the field school arrived and it started with a lesson in stone tool making! Students had the chance to do some flint knapping and quickly understood the complexities involved in having to produce quality stone tools. It was clear after a couple of hours that making useful stone tools is something [...]

By |2019-04-06T09:45:23-07:00April 6th, 2019|General|Comments Off on Last week of the TBI Spring 2019 Field School Adventures!

Can You Dig It?

The students started off the Archaeology module with Dr. Elisabeth Hildebrand in Lodwar; the biggest town in the northwestern part of Kenya. Accompanied by Justus Erus Edung, who works with the National Museums of Kenya and has extensive knowledge about Lodwar, the students were escorted to three cultural and historical sites within Lodwar. Justus explained [...]

By |2019-03-29T23:05:14-07:00March 29th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Can You Dig It?

Turkwel here we come!

On our last week of the Human Evolution module Professor Tracy Kivell led the students out to Area 13 where they would be tracking down two hippo humeri to plaster and they would see the site where hominin fossils were found in 2015! The students also go to partake in a hill crawl; which consists [...]

By |2019-03-20T21:53:18-07:00March 20th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on Turkwel here we come!

A journey through human evolution

During the past week the field school has been tracing back the origins of our own species with the Human Evolution module led by Dr. Tracy Kivell! Our days have been divided into morning lectures and afternoon lab sessions and so far we’ve covered skeletal anatomy, origins of bipedalism, and the very intricate story of [...]

By |2019-03-12T10:56:36-07:00March 12th, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on A journey through human evolution

The World Through the Eyes of a Paleontologist

The students started off the week being introduced to their newest professor, Dr. Mikael Fortelius, a professor at the University of Helsinki, who will be teaching the Vertebrate Paleontology module. Dr. Mikael Fortelius! (Photo: Petra Peretin) They were introduced to the research labs at Illeret and had the opportunity to look at the [...]

By |2019-03-03T22:42:11-08:00March 3rd, 2019|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2019|Comments Off on The World Through the Eyes of a Paleontologist
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