TBI Field School

May 24, 2011

Dr. William Anyonge of the Biology department participated as an Instructor in the last module (vertebrate paleontology) of the Turkana Basin Institute's Field School in Northern Kenya.  The TBI Field School is run jointly by SUNY at Stony Brook and Dr. Richard Leakey, the world renowned paleoanthropologist.  The two week course ran from March 14 - 26th  where Dr. Anyonge taught lectures and lab exercises on taphonomy, vertebrate morphology and evolution.

Dr. Anyonge, assisted by Dr. Meave Leakey and Dr. Fredrick Manthi, head of the Kenya National Museum's division of Paleontology, also accompanied students on field exercises. The Turkana region is known as the cradle of mankind where famous fossil hominids (e.g., Homo erectus, Homo habilis, Australopithecus anamensis) have been uncovered over the past century.