On Rusinga Island in Kenya's Lake Victoria, paleontologist Will Harcourt-Smith is leading an effort to recreate the environments inhabited by primitive primates—apes of the genus Proconsul. Studying the adaptive changes of our ancient ancestors helps scientists trace the origins of adaptability in modern humans.

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Related Links:

Answering Questions About Proconsul
amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/news/answering-questions-about-proconsul

Nature: Skull of Proconsul from Rusinga Island (1948)
nature.com/nature/journal/v162/n4122/abs/162688a0.html

Turkana Basin Institute: Mary Leakey
leakey.com/bios/mary-leakey

AMNH Hall of Human Origins
amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/human-origins-and-cultural-halls/anne-and-bernard-spitzer-hall-of-human-origins

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