The Koobi Fora Research Project
The site of Koobi Fora near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya has long been known as one of the most important sites in the world for human origins research. The wealth of fossil remains and the geologic stratigraphy have shed new light on the world of early Homo, arguably the ancestral genus of all humans. The research being conducted here has and will continue to help answer some important questions about Homo Erectus, the species of early man who first left Africa to inhabit the more northern climes of Europe and Asia. The Koobi Fora Research Project continues to conduct annual field sessions with the participation of scholars and students around the world and funding from organizations like the Leakey Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Now you can join, in a virtual way, by reading their regular written dispatches from the field. If you are interested, you can follow along with the field research by going to the website and staying updated as they progress through the field season. It's not like actually being there, but for those of us who do not have the privilege of being onsite, it is the next best thing.