Paleontology

Paleoanthropology in South Turkwel

Hello,  I am Tom Otube, an environmental science graduate from Kabarak University. This week we started our Human Evolution module which is taught by Dr. Carrie Mongle and Dr. Louise Leakey.  On the first day, Dr. Mongle took us through the course objectives and an overview of human evolution by providing the historical context of [...]

By |2022-11-18T15:37:07+03:00November 18th, 2022|Fall 2022, Featured, Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Paleoanthropology in South Turkwel

Paleontology in Napudet

Hello! My name is Patricia Nyaga, I just completed my undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Arts in History and Archaeology from Maseno University, expecting to graduate in December 2022. This being our second week studying Paleontology, our main focus was on the paleontological field methods. We headed to the Napudet hills for a two-day camping trip [...]

By |2022-11-18T15:37:01+03:00October 26th, 2022|Fall 2022, Featured, Field Schools, Origins Field School|Comments Off on Paleontology in Napudet

Learning about Vertebrate evolution in Turkana Basin

Hello! I’m Ian McMahon, a graduate student here at TBI. I graduated from SUNY Potsdam in 2020 with a degree in archaeology, specializing in human evolution and origins. This week, we started our paleontology module, taught by Dr. Ellen Miller, learning about the MIocene vertebrates of the Turkana Basin. The Miocene lasted from 23.03 to [...]

By |2022-11-18T15:36:59+03:00October 26th, 2022|Fall 2022, Featured, Field Schools, General, Origins Field School|Comments Off on Learning about Vertebrate evolution in Turkana Basin

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

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

Lobolo and Eliye Springs: The final field for the field school

The Pleistocene is sometimes called the Ice Age, but ice was as rare 2 million years ago as it is today in the Turkana Basin. Instead the glaciers in the north caused the deserts and arid grasslands to expand as the ice advanced and the expansion of the forests when the ice retreated. Our early [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:07+03:00April 12th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Lobolo and Eliye Springs: The final field for the field school

Independent discoveries from the fossils of Turkana

As part of the TBI Field School students get to work on new fossil material. Well, maybe not “new” in the normal sense of that word, but they get to work with material that no one else has laid hands on or thought about because it just came out of the ground a few days [...]

By |2017-01-04T18:05:08+03:00March 30th, 2013|Field Schools, General|Comments Off on Independent discoveries from the fossils of Turkana
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