Exploring Lothagam

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LothagamLothagam is a famous paleontological site on the West side of Lake Turkana about an hour's drive from our base camp. The site is very rich in fossils of extinct fauna which roamed the landscape as far back as 11 million years ago. Important fossil specimens of early primates have been found at Lothagam as have some isolated pieces representing the hominin clade, including suspected remains of the Ardipithecus genus. The biostratigraphy indicates that the area had a large, low-energy river with surrounding woodland, which successively got replaced by open grassland. We spent two full days at Lothagam exploring the Miocene and Pliocene sediments.