The complete skull of a fossil crocodile cleared by Dr. Abell and ready for transport to the Kenya National Museum. It is hinged open with the mandible on the viewer's left and the palate on the right.
The success of the Koobi Fora expeditions in discovering a wide range of important new fossils is largely due to the existence of a highly trained and very skilled team of fossil hunters. Their activities are coordinated by Richard Leakey and they are lead in the field by Mr. Kamoya Kimeu, who has been professionally engaged in this pursuit for more than 15 years. Here the fossil hunting team is seen in the field.
The Koobi Fora expeditions have been made by the large number of well-preserved hominid fossils discovered. The mandible of a juvenile hominid just appearing at the surface as its matrix of sands are eroded away.
Part of the terrain in which the hunt for fossils and archaeological remains is carried out. In the foreground area the brown-sandstone-mantled outcrops of the Lower Memer with the find spot of the hominid skull 1470 being searched and sieved. In the background is the Farari escarpment, formed by the more rapidly eroding Upper Member deposits (Area 131).
Site HAS (Fx Jj3)- volcanic ash (tuff) has filled in delta distributary channels which can be traced winding amongst floodplain deposits which were laid down just inland of the former lakeshore. Eroding out of the uppermost deposits of the channel are the bones of a single hippopotamus carcass. The volcanic ash is the KBS tuff.