Lake Turkana remains


Lake Turkana remains

Collection of hominin fossils found along the shores of Lake Turkana (Lake Rudolf) in northwestern Kenya. The Koobi Fora site, excavated by the Leakey family and others, has proved to be the richest trove of hominin remains anywhere in the world, yielding fossils that represent perhaps 230 individuals, including members of Homo habilis, Homo erectus, and Australopithecus. On the western shore was found a remarkably well-preserved skeleton of an 11-year-old boy (“Turkana Boy”) later classified as H. ergaster or H. erectus and dated to c. 1.8 million years ago. This surprisingly human specimen suggests that H. ergaster may have been the direct ancestor of the hominins that left Africa for Eurasia c. 1 million years ago. See also human evolution.

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