Dating of turkana boy
The conventional view is that the species evolved in Africa about two million years ago. erectus disappeared is unclear, but it appears to have survived in parts of Indonesia until at least 250,000 years ago. erectus on the Indonesian island of Java exists in the form of fossil braincases (the part of the skull that encloses the brain) and a few other fragments. However, almost as soon as this species appears in the fossil record there is evidence it expanded out of Africa and into western Asia, then to eastern Asia and Indonesia.Some methods have dated these to older than 200,000 years, others to less than 50,000 years. erectus anatomy, but display brain sizes up to 50% larger than earlier examples of the species from the island. A small skull fragment from East Turkana, Kenya, dates to about 1.9 million years ago, supporting an African origin.The cranium dates between 1.65 and 1.5 million years ago.
The first to recognize Turkana Land ‘s historic importance was the world-famous paleoanthropologist, Dr.
“Turkana Boy was Homo erectus — the species that was the first human ancestor and a top predator.
He was able to compete with the big cats for meat,” Prof Isaiah Nengo, the director, Research and Science at the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), said.
Richard Leakey who established the Turkana Basin Institute (TBI), a research centre and field school that puts Turkana Land on the map in terms of archaeology and natural sciences.
Tourists can pay day visits to the TBI’s facilities, and do a guided walk to a nearby finding site where they are explained the essentials of detecting fossils – a thrilling insight into archaeology.