Koobi Fora: Lessons From Deep Time

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Koobi Fora, an area of anthropological dig sites in northern Kenya, is home to fossils and artifacts that show us the beginnings of human civilization - a "cradle of humankind," according to Dr. Brian Richmond, Professor of Anthropology at George Washington University. He and his team have been traveling to the region for years, and have also found the beginnings of humanity's relationship with climate change. The climate has changed before, and our ancestors have lived through it, survived and adapted.

Changes in diet and innovations in technology enabled us to weather a rapidly changing climate in the past. Can we draw on what our ancestors discovered to find ways to adapt to our current climate conundrum? Dr. Richmond and his team take us to their dig in the field to try and find these lessons from deep time.

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You might throw a ball without thinking about it, but once upon a time it was an innovation that let us open up whole new dietary avenues to explore. With throwing came more hunting, and with hunting came a changing way to feed themselves
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One current community in Africa, the Dassanech, is adapting to climate change right now. The team at Koobi Fora takes a look at how it's changing their economy, how they eat and how they live.
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Koobi Fora Field School is home to the team investigating how climate change was first dealt with by early humans, but they've got their own sustainability concerns.
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The team at Koobi Fora looks at the origins of human diet, from changes in our anatomy that led us towards hunting to how climate change determined our adaptive, diverse palates.
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Dr. Brian Richmond leads his team at Koobi Fora to discover the biodiversity that surrounded early humans and other hominids, and how early human anatomy was shaped to run.
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The team at Koobi Fora looks at how dramatic changes in the environment radically altered how ancient humans lived, how they handled changing resources, and how climate change directed human evolution through toolmaking.