Installing a Telescope in Ileret

Hello! We are the DART - OPTiK team, a collaboration of researchers from the University of Edinburgh, STFC UKRI, Technical University of Kenya and the Turkana Basin Institute. We will be working at the TBI base in Ileret for the next couple of months to set up a portable telescope which will then take observations [...]

By |2022-09-07T15:59:58+03:00September 7th, 2022|Development, Discovery, Featured, General, Projects, Research, Sticky|Comments Off on Installing a Telescope in Ileret

Updates from the field: Discovering new early Pleistocene footprints at Koobi Fora

This July, Kevin Hatala (Chatham University), Neil Roach (Harvard University) and Louise Leakey (Stony Brook University) led a TBI team unearthing a new early Pleistocene footprint site at Koobi Fora. The first tracks were discovered last year by Louise’s team at the bottom of an important skeletal fossil excavation. This year’s excavation uncovered a large [...]

By |2022-08-29T18:54:39+03:00August 29th, 2022|Discovery, Featured, General, Koobi Fora Research Project, Projects, Research, Sticky|Comments Off on Updates from the field: Discovering new early Pleistocene footprints at Koobi Fora

A ‘Tuff’ Journey through Time

On the Eastern side of Lake Turkana, the sediments reveal information about the early evolution of humankind. The sedimentary sequences tell us what it would have been like for early humans such as Paranthropus boisei, Homo erectus, and early Homo species millions of years ago. However, in stark contrast to the ecosystem that was home [...]

By |2022-08-08T10:59:05+03:00August 4th, 2022|Featured, Research, Sticky|Comments Off on A ‘Tuff’ Journey through Time

MIT Evaporative Cooling goes to Ileret

Hi again! It’s Ava and Christine, Mechnical Engineering Undergraduate students from MIT D-Lab. After a beautiful few days spotting animals in the Masai Mara, we flew up to TBI's facility on the east side of Lake Turkana in Ileret to continue our evaporative cooling research! During our time in Ileret, we focused on understanding the [...]

By |2022-08-05T08:33:00+03:00July 25th, 2022|Featured, Research|Comments Off on MIT Evaporative Cooling goes to Ileret

Buluk – Geologically Speaking

Pan of the Miocene Dead Elephant Valley in Buluk, Kenya The last stop on the Turkana Miocene Project field tour was Buluk, Kenya, which has for many years been headed by Ellen Miller. Located east of Lake Turkana, Buluk is an early Miocene site that is rife with…. everything! It is a [...]

By |2022-07-25T09:45:48+03:00July 25th, 2022|African Fossils, Featured, Projects, Research|Comments Off on Buluk – Geologically Speaking

Kamoya Kimeu, legendary Paleontologist, passes away.

We are very sad to share with you the news that Kamoya Kimeu passed away earlier this week after a short spell in hospital with kidney complications. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to all of his family. Our subsequent appeal to friends and well-wishers to help the family with medical and funeral expenses, [...]

By |2022-08-05T08:32:39+03:00July 23rd, 2022|Featured, Research|Comments Off on Kamoya Kimeu, legendary Paleontologist, passes away.

Lothagam Revisited: Searching for the Earliest Turkana Basin Hominins

Molecular studies in the late 1960s demonstrated that humans are closely related to chimpanzees and gorillas, and that all three of these great ape lineages shared a relatively recent origin on the African continent. Continued study and methodological advances since this time have revealed that humans and chimpanzees are each other’s closest living relatives and [...]

By |2022-07-23T18:00:04+03:00July 15th, 2022|Featured, Projects, Research|Comments Off on Lothagam Revisited: Searching for the Earliest Turkana Basin Hominins

“Turkana Tools: The Dawn of Technology” comes home.

In December 2021, the West Turkana Archaeological Project (WTAP) in partnership with the Turkana Basin Institute, the National Museums of Kenya, and with support from the French government opened an exhibition in Nairobi to showcase the earliest stone tools in the world, found in Lomekwi, Turkana County in 2013.  In June 2022 the exhibition moved [...]

By |2022-07-15T14:21:43+03:00July 11th, 2022|Featured, Projects, Research|Comments Off on “Turkana Tools: The Dawn of Technology” comes home.
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