A week of learning about and living in Mpala’s incredible ecosystem.

Personal journal excerpt: It is Tuesday evening; I am relaxing in Mpala research center reminiscing a productive day. I am inspired to write a short account of the ant-acacia relationship we learned earlier today:   Picture an ant, One ferocious and alert, She tends and serves, To protect her reserves!   Picture another ant, One [...]

By |2022-09-29T19:57:14+03:00September 20th, 2022|Fall 2022, Featured, Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Sticky|Comments Off on A week of learning about and living in Mpala’s incredible ecosystem.

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.

MIT D-Lab Students Start Evaporative Cooling Research at TBI Turkwel

Hello! We are Ava and Christine, from MIT D-Lab, and this summer we are working with the Turkana Basin Institute and our PI, Dr. Eric Verploegen, to research evaporative cooling as a means of post harvest fruit and vegetable storage. In regions of the world where access to food preservation methods is limited, up to [...]

By |2022-07-10T09:41:50+03:00June 28th, 2022|Featured, General, Research|Comments Off on MIT D-Lab Students Start Evaporative Cooling Research at TBI Turkwel

Turkana Basin Institute Collaborates to Recognize All Nurses of Turkana County

TBI has been honored to host Dr. Deborah Lindell of Case Western Reserve University for the last 8 months during her Fulbright Fellowship in Turkana. Dr. Lindell has been working on developing a Nursing BSN program at the Turkana University College (TUC), as well as teaching TUC students, conducting research into nursing in Turkana county [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:52:38+03:00April 22nd, 2022|Events, Featured, General, Sticky|Comments Off on Turkana Basin Institute Collaborates to Recognize All Nurses of Turkana County

Isaiah Nengo, Associate Director of Turkana Basin Institute, Passes on

Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer Isaiah Nengo, associate Director of the Turkana Basin Institute and Director for Research and Science at the Turkana Basin Institute passed away on 23 January at the age of 60. He was passionately dedicated to the study of Miocene hominids in Turkana, Kenya and his fieldwork led to the [...]

By |2022-07-12T11:52:48+03:00January 25th, 2022|African Fossils, Featured, General|Comments Off on Isaiah Nengo, Associate Director of Turkana Basin Institute, Passes on

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
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