Learn to look for fossils and be saved from insects
Got up early. The day here starts at 5 and ends at 9, because of the darkness.
After Breakfast, immediately proceeded to business: today has scanned the skull of a Rhino. The skull consisted of two parts: the upper and lower jaw. Scanned in less than an hour, and since the skull could “disassemble” the scan has turned out amazingly detailed: you can look in your mouth and inspect every tooth on all sides.
Today Louis invited us to the nearest place of excavation to show how it actually works. The excavations so far nothing major is found, but will definitely find: the place is extremely gracious. Louis immediately taught us how to identify minerals by color, structure and pattern. After that, it immediately became clear what she was talking about yesterday: fossils are EVERYWHERE. Just lying on the ground: bones of animals, fish, fossil remains of trees, in large numbers.
The remains of the hippopotamus: phalanx.
While it was windy, Louis decided to make a Photomap of the area. This is done by hanging the Camera to the kite. The survey area occurs in high resolution at an altitude of about 50 meters.
Meanwhile Francisco was able to talk with local volunteers. They say that 10 years ago, their life was very different: all were very poor and lived with the only hope to ever leave the city to get work. Family Louise Leakey gave local residents the opportunity to work, to help paleontologists, to feel needed. Love them very much, and sincerely grateful for the opportunity to change your future.
On the way back to camp we were fortunate to meet local hunters, who gave us permission tomorrow to go to the reserve, which is the place of another excavation. We will scan the prehistoric giants.
Francisco and local volunteers in the camp in Turkana.
There is a small problem: after yesterday’s rain revival insects. Grasshoppers just hundreds, during dinner they plopped in a bowl of soup. Also a lot of mosquitoes, ants, mice, bats, and revived Scorpions – we saw several on the way from the lab to the dining room. In General, after the rain it is very lively. The laptop occasionally overheats, but the scanners work. The main thing is that neither in the scanner nor in the laptop didn’t crawl insects…