Ground Truthing the FossilFinder Beta Test

We arrived yesterday in Ileret and the first thing we just had to do was to see if we could relocate finds located by our beta testers from the images we collected last season.

One of the pictures we placed online during the beta was flagged a few times as containing numerous fossil bone fragments. Here is the picture from the preview:

An interesting image from the fossilfinder beta
An interesting image from the fossilfinder beta

GPS in hand we drove out to area 8. After a few moments of figuring out the best way to use the gps data we had we found those fossil bones on the surface:

fossil bones found during ground truthing
fossil bones found during ground truthing

This is an excellent result and means that our method is working!

ABOUT FossilFinder

Be a real part in ongoing research exploring fossil bearing landscapes in the Turkana Basin in northern Kenya. Here we ask you to help us document what is seen on surface images, including fossil fragments and other artifacts, to assist us in reconstructing past landscapes and environments. More eyes, more information, more discoveries.

Helping with the search and classification of fossils
The University of Bradford has teamed up with the Turkana Basin Institute to bring Fossil Finder to you. We need your help and keen eye to assist in the identification of surface geology including fossils and cultural remains from the fossil bearing deposits at Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Everybody involved will be a meaningful and valuable member of the team.

Fossil Finder forms part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded Fragmented Heritage Project.