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The Turkana Boy

Posted on 18 December 2012

  ‘Turkana Boy’ Homo ergaster skull Stuart Humphreys © Australian Museum These people were generally tall and slender and may also have been relatively hairless. Not everyone accepts this species name, some still prefer to use the term African Homo erectus. The core group within this species lived between 1.5 and 1.9 million years ago although […] Continue Reading

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History, Places

Sibiloi National Park

Posted on 18 December 2012

On the north-eastern shores, a few kilometres inland from the shores of Alia Bay is the fossilized remnants of a vast forest which stood here in wetter times and which today presents a staggering exercise for the imagination. “Picture a barren, hot and windswept desert landscape supporting a forest of which the grandeur and luxuriance […] Continue Reading

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Places

The Central Island

Posted on 18 December 2012

The Central Island, in the middle of Lake Turkana is a volcanic island. The lake shore is mostly rocky or sandy, with little aquatic vegetation. Animals found in this area include Burchell’s and Grevy’s zebras, Grant’s gazelle, Beisa oryx, hartebeest, topi, lesser kudu, lion, cheetah and crocodiles. Nile crocodiles are found in great abundance in […] Continue Reading

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Places

Koobi Fora

Posted on 18 December 2012

Known as the Cradle of mankind, Koobi Fora is located on the north-eastern shores of Lake Turkana. Archaeological discoveries made by Dr. Richard Leakey are believed to form the link in man’s evolutionary chain. Of the many discoveries of tools and fossils, probably the most important find to date (in 1972) has been the skull […] Continue Reading

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Places, Wildlife

Lake Turkana National Park

Posted on 18 December 2012

Lake Turkana is a National Park. The Lake is a well-situated stopover for north-bound migrant birds. During the northern hemisphere winter months, thousands of immigrant waders and waterfowl flock to the shallows of the Lake. These include warblers, wagtails and little stints. In the summer months, the shores or the Central Island can demonstrate an […] Continue Reading

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Places

Journey to the sea of Jade

Posted on 18 December 2012

‘Some people think Turkana is wasteland… But it’s as precious as Jade,’ Paul Birgen Lake Turkana is perhaps the largest desert lake in the world, measuring about 7000km2. It is the most saline lake in East Africa and the largest desert lake in the world. It is 249 km long and 44 km at its […] Continue Reading

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