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Into Africa

The Koobi Fora Field School in Kenya may be a fossil field of dreams, but it’s no place to live out an Indiana Jones fantasy. At one of the world’s most renowned—and remote—excavation sites, students actually get their hands dirty. They dig wells, battle 120-degree heat and dodge scorpions, all while sifting through sands in search of mankind’s most ancient artifacts. “If you can make it six weeks in Koobi Fora, you can do anything,” said David Braun, assistant professor of anthropology. “Our kids come here as students. By the time they’re done, we expect them to be scientists.”    ...Read More


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Discovery - Spring 2015