HOPE report


To Study the evolution and diversity of the Miocene primates in East Africa

Report:Kunimatsu Yutaka

Date:2007/07/21 - 2007/10/01

In the earlier half of my stay in Kenya, I joined in the fieldwork carried out in the Nakali area in the northcentral region of Kneya. The Nakali area is a fossil locality that has yielded early Late Miocene fossils. The recent fieldworks by the Kenya-Japan Joint Expedition team have discovered plenty of fossils, including hominoids and other primates, as well as a variety of other mammals. This year's fieldwork also yielded a number of vertebrate fossils including primates. After the fieldwork, those fossils collected at Nakali in this field season were brought to the Natioinal Museums of Kenya in Nairobi, where I preliminary identified them. I also studied the Kenyan fossil specimens of Miocene hominoids and cercopithecoids, which are stored in NMK. I also discussed with Dr. Emma Mbua and other members of NMK to exchange information on the conservation of fossil specimens and its facilities in the museum.

Nakali area

Natioinal Museums of Kenya in Nairobi

Blue monkeys often visit the Museum

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