James Alkerech’s Prosthetic Leg Gave Him a New Lease of Life

James Alkerech was a herder who spent most of his time taking care of his father’s livestock. Life in Fora, located in the remote area of Ileret Ward, has livestock keeping as the primary economic activity. This area is also characterized by frequent conflict over grazing land. In 2018, after a particularly fierce exchange, [...]

By |2022-02-09T16:14:32+03:00January 19th, 2022|Featured, General, Local Community Outreach|Comments Off on James Alkerech’s Prosthetic Leg Gave Him a New Lease of Life

Richard Leakey, Chair of Turkana Basin Institute, Passes on at 77

World-renowned paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard E. Leakey, chair of the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI) and a professor in the Stony Brook University Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences died January 2 at the age of 77. Leakey devoted the majority of his life to research on human origins, conservation of [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:52:59+03:00January 5th, 2022|Featured, General, Sticky|Comments Off on Richard Leakey, Chair of Turkana Basin Institute, Passes on at 77

Statement from the Leakey family

On Sunday 2nd January, we lost a true warrior, an individual so large in presence that he left a void that can never be filled. He has been described as iconic, and a force of nature, but to us he was Richard, Dad, and Babu. As a family, we are enormously grateful for the [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:53:10+03:00January 3rd, 2022|Featured, General|Comments Off on Statement from the Leakey family

TBI’s Participation At The Tobong’u Lore Festival 2021

Martin Kirinya and Emmanuel Aipa showcase fossils in the TBI booth at the Tobong'u Lore Festival 2021 The Tobong’u Lore cultural festival is an annual event hosted by the Turkana County Government in order to promote peace, indigenous culture and tourism within the region. This brings together local and international groups lending [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:53:20+03:00December 22nd, 2021|Featured, General, Local Community Outreach|Comments Off on TBI’s Participation At The Tobong’u Lore Festival 2021

Alex Chege’s Journey To The Baldwin Fellowship

The excitement that Alex Chege had upon securing the Baldwin Fellowship has its roots in his journey. Connecting the dots from when he was young, it isn't by chance that he is now undertaking the Ecology and Evolution PhD Program at Stony Brook University under the mentorship of Dr. Catherine Markham and Dr. Richard [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:53:31+03:00December 17th, 2021|Featured, General|Comments Off on Alex Chege’s Journey To The Baldwin Fellowship

How Winfred Wambui Mbogo Became A Baldwin Fellow

Winfred Wambui Mbogo is a Kenyan lady who is very passionate about human evolution. Her journey began in 2010 when she enrolled at the University of Nairobi to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She realized that anthropology was misconceived in Kenya and rarely did students get encouraged to pursue the course. [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:53:48+03:00December 8th, 2021|Featured, General|Comments Off on How Winfred Wambui Mbogo Became A Baldwin Fellow

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

Preparators from the National Museums of Kenya at the Ileret research facility of the Turkana Basin Institute, starting manual preparation and supplementing the field consolidation (chemical hardening) of Loxodonta adaurora cranium KNM-ER 63642. From left to right: Cliff Onyango, Robert Moru and Christopher Kiarie. Image credit: Steve Jabo, Smithsonian Institution A remarkably well-preserved [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:54:11+03:00November 10th, 2021|Featured, General|Comments Off on Fossil elephant cranium reveals key adaptations that enabled its species to thrive

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 |2022-07-12T11:54:35+03:00August 31st, 2021|Featured, General|Comments Off on New Luminescence Laboratory at Stony Brook will Illuminate the Past
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