Aimed at reconstructing past environments that shaped the evolution of our ancestors, this field course will teach students excavation techniques, paleontological survey methods, field geology, and fossil identification.
|Location||Rusinga Island, Kenya|
|Credit Type||Resident Credit|
|Sponsor||College of Liberal Arts|
|Student Type||UofM Students, Non UofM Students|
|Student Year||Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors|
|Language||No Language Prerequisite|
Study paleoanthropology at one of the richest fossil sites in the world! Students will develop skills to conduct paleontological field work while contributing to ongoing research on the origin of apes and humans. We begin at the National Museums of Kenya where students study among historic collections of Kenya's fossils. Next, students spend four days observing wildlife to better understand mammal communities and their habitats. Finally, student spend 18 days on Rusinga Island learning fossil survey, excavation, and field geology. This course is not just for students who want to become paleontologists, but for anyone interested in natural history.
June 28, 2020 through July 26, 2020
he estimated program fee ($4098) includes tuition and registration fees, orientation, international health insurance, entry and permit fees in Kenya, excavation and education supplies, plus all travel, housing, and meals associated with the course. It does not cover airfare to Kenya, entry visa, or medical expenses (e.g., vaccinations) associated with international travel. Students are expected to bring their own basic camping gear: tent, sleeping bag, water bottles, backpack, flashlight, etc. A few tents may be provided by the program on a first-come first-served basis.
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||Summer 2020|
|Program Name||Paleoanthropology and Paleontology of Rusinga Island, Kenya|
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