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

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

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

Tracing our Ancestry

This Week, the students have been introduced to the story of being and becoming human. The scientific story of human evolution. Humans have always been curious to identify who they really are which poses questions like; how and why are we different from other mammals? What made us develop distinct traits like bipedality and bigger [...]

By |2022-05-26T10:20:51+03:00March 10th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Tracing our Ancestry

The 12th Human Evolution Workshop at TBI: ‘Handy-man’ in 2014

The twelfth annual Stony Brook Human Evolution Workshop was held at the Turkana Basin Institute’s (TBI) Turkwel research facility, between August 5-9th, 2014. The workshop was organized to mark the 50th Anniversary of the publication by Louis Leakey, Phillip Tobias and John Napier of the paper that established Homo habilis as a taxon (Leakey, L. S. [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:04:53+03:00August 9th, 2014|Featured|Comments Off on The 12th Human Evolution Workshop at TBI: ‘Handy-man’ in 2014

Crawling to figure out how we stood

When scientists first set out to study human origins, the Victorian armchair theorists figured it was our big brains that set us apart from the animal kingdom. They expected the fossils of our earliest ancestors to have voluminous noggins but not be built for walking. This walking business would emerge after we realized how useful [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:08+03:00April 9th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Crawling to figure out how we stood

Basin of the Apes

Human ancestors. This is why the Turkana Basin is on the paleontological map. Sure it preserves an intact record of the grassland ecosystem taking over East Africa and the immigration and local radiation of bizarre and wonderful plants and animals, but it’s the human story that draws us to Turkana. It’s not an inexplicable bias. [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:08+03:00April 5th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Basin of the Apes
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