This video clip, from the film Bones of Turkana, takes place in the area around ancient Lake Turkana, Kenya. This area is known as a cradle of human life. There is evidence that hominids lived here 4.2 million years ago.
This video tells the story of Dr. Jason Lewis, a paleoanthropologist at the Turkana Basin Institute. Lewis travels the world in the pursuit of science. This video also gives insight into the conditions of the life of a scientist working at Lake Turkana and the reasons fossils are so abundant in the region.
What makes Lake Turkana a good place for fossils to be preserved?
What is the focus of Dr. Jason Lewis' work at Lake Turkana?
How are animal fossils useful for paleoanthropologic dating?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry anthropology Noun
science of the origin, development, and culture of human beings.
Encyclopedic Entry: anthropology field work Noun
scientific studies done outside of a lab, classroom, or office.
Encyclopedic Entry: field work fossil Noun
remnant, impression, or trace of an ancient organism.
Encyclopedic Entry: fossil hominid Noun
biological family of primates, including humans, chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, and their ancestors.
study of the fossils of ancient human ancestors. Also called human paleontology.
the study of fossils and life from early geologic periods.
Encyclopedic Entry: paleontology sediment Noun
solid material transported and deposited by water, ice, and wind.
Encyclopedic Entry: sediment