The role of East Africa in the evolution of human diversity
Understanding why and when we became human is one of science’s greatest challenges. Although we know we have an African origin and that the beginnings of our history as a species took place in Africa, fossils of early modern humans in the continent remain very rare. The In Africa Project was a five year research programme (2012-2018) dedicated to the study of the evolution of our species, Homo sapiens, in Africa. Its main goal was to discover new archaeological and palaeontological sites dating to the last 250,000 years in East Africa, focusing on the Turkana Basin and Central Rift Valley of Kenya.