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At site 103 with Ian Findlater, Chief Geologist at Koobi Fora where a multi-disciplinary team of scientists funded by the National Geographic Society and other trusts are researching into man's origins. Findlater explains the importance of sedimentary layering both in revealing fossils and helping to date them. He points out a hippo footprint.
General view from one of the ridges running through Sit 103
At the site's man's earliest known footprints.
With Kathy Schick and John Musa Kyva excavating a site of rocks, tools and bones which they had previously buried to discover how erosion and sediments affect the layout. Measuring angles beneath the pegs
Nic Toth making stone implements and using them to sharpen a spear. Toth last year used one of these implements to cut into the carcase of a dead circus elephant in Denver, Colorado ( see enclosed feature)
Nic Toth collecting volcanic basalt to make stone tools and then making them.
Close up of actual tools, the largest being about 1.2 million years old, the others about 1.5 million years old
Panning of various animal skulls used for comparison with fossil remains
Close up of fossil hippo jaw from prehistoric times
View of present day hippo skull
View of three million year old fossilised tortoise shell, several times bigger than the present day species
View of fossillised elephant skeleton about 1.5 million years old
View of star but dramatic countryside near site of elephant excavation
Crows near elephant excavation
skull in the National Measum --- in order
See newspaper cuttings, a visitor's guide to Koobi Fora and other data
nos: 3733 406 1813 1470
see details about these skulls in enclosed visitors guide to Koobi Fore
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