Kenya Paleontological Expeditions

There is no dispute that Kenya is the genuine cradle of mankind.

Many have tried to smuggle this title but evidence proves them wrong

To start with;

  1. Kenya has the largest number of fossil human remains about 1000 individuals.
  2. Kenya has the oldest human remains going back to 7 million year old from Turgen Hills, Baringo. The oldest human remain in Ethiopia is about 4.5 million years, South Africais 3 million years, while Tanzania is only 2 million years.
  3. Kenya has some of the most complete skeletons like Turkana Boy (1.6 Million years), which provided a great wealth of information regarding early human physiology than anywhere in the world.
  4. Kenya is endowed with many prehistory sites scattered all along the Rift Valley (north to south) and western Kenya.
  5. Kenya has most earliest ape sites particularly in western Kenya. These apes are ancestors for earliest humans. Its neighbours has just a handful of these earliest sites thus making Kenya the probable place where transition from ape-like to human-like beings occurred.
  6. Kenya has the longest and most complete record of human evolution (and possibly the link between humans and apes).
  7. There is a huge collection in regards to prehistory finds. Kenya actually has the largest collection of human related fossils than anywhere else in the world. This collection is well documented and can be found in one central place- National Museums of Kenya Headquarters
  8. Not only are all species of hominids represented but also some other fauna and plant species that relate to the evolutionary theory (e.g. elephants, giraffes, crocodiles and even the dinosaurs).

 In addition to the fossil record, there is a long record of technological evolution (with tools as old as 2.3 million years).

There is a wide environmental representation (open and closed sites) in regards to evidence of fossils and tools. Each region in Kenya has a story to tell in regards to the story of human origin. Varied environments that may have been instrumental in the evolution of both humans and other species.

There is a wide genetic representation among some of its people (Turkana) pointing to the fact that humans have been here for a very long time.

There is a connection with Ethiopia then  the Far East through the Red Sea where humans are believed to have dispersed from to other regions of the world.

There is evidence of other factors that relate to the evolution of humans (e.g. humanity made fire as far back as 1.8 Million years, footprints at 1.55million years).

Sports Wave Africa Tours prides itself as the travel company that will walk with you in the footsteps of the early many all the way to the agrarian revolution.

We tailor make packages for both researcher and adventure seekers starting with Olorgesailie pre-historic site the world renown as the "factory of stone tools" and the only place in the world with the largest number whose prominence and accumulation of human tools represents actual camping places of early men and evidence that human species had a tropical origin. The site is in a lake basin that existed about 100,000 to 200'000 years ago.

From Magadi, we head to Kariandusi Pre Historic Site the living site of he hand-axe man that was discovered in 1928. A rise in the Lake level drove pre-historic men from their lake-side home and buried all the tools and weapons which they left behind in a hurry.

From Kariandusi we book a date with the Tugen Boy a fossil discovered in Kipsaraman- Tugen Hills and believed to have lived  around 6 million years ago, Orrorin tugenensis is the one of the oldest early humans on our family tree. Individuals of this species were approximately the size of a chimpanzee and had small teeth with thick enamel, similar to modern humans.

We retreat for some times with our acestor plus resercher in Koobi Fora based in Sibiloi national park for an extensive indulgience with the type, behavior and character of the early man. A point to note is that Koobi Fora has over the last 35 years of exploration produced a wealth of paleontological and archaeological data. Some 16,000 fossil specimens have been collected from the Turkana basin, almost 10,000 from the Koobi Fora.

Our exiting expedition end with a visit to the Nairobi National Museum where a summary of the trip can be drawn after viewing some fossils collected all around the country.

Please note that this type of an expedition involves a lots of travelling as well as many days in the field. We encourage our clients to book as a team or a group

 


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