Photograph courtesy National Geographic Television
Bones of Turkana, a National Geographic special, follows the story of famed paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey and his wife Meave, daughter Louise, and their colleagues as they work in the arid northern regions of Kenya’s Turkana Basin to unravel the mysteries of human evolution. While one of the Leakeys’ goals is to demonstrate the complexity and truth of human evolution, they also seek to show how the qualities that we proudly call human were all born in Africa. Bones of Turkana features music by Paul Simon and the Kenya Boys Choir, and follows Leakey and his team through perhaps the most formative of all landscapes—the place of all our pasts—in a search for the traits that make us human.
This collection of short activities and selected videos from the film Bones of Turkana invites you to use current classroom technologies, photo galleries, and maps to give students the opportunity to learn about human evolution and to explore one of the few places on the planet that offers the more than 4.5-million year continuum of the human story.
Generous support for this education program provided by David H. Koch, William H. Donner Foundation, and the Charles Englehard Foundation.
These videos address the discovery of fossil hominids in the Turkana Basin and insights to human evolution.
Learn how Richard Leakey and his team traverse four million years of hominid history in search of the characteristics that make us uniquely human.
Significant fossil discoveries in the Turkana Basin provide clues about human ancestors. This region is known as a cradle of human life.
An archeology team in Kenya is piecing together clues to find the earliest signs of technology left here over 2 million years ago.
Learn about the research institution supporting scientific projects in the Turkana Basin, Kenya.
Read about how Lake Turkana's wind power will be used to create electricity for Kenya.