South Bay Professor Finds 13 Million Year Old Ape Skull

The fossil was founded by a group led by De Anza College professor Isaiah Nengo

10 photos
1/10
Isaiah Nengo/ The Leakey Foundation
Discovery site at Napudet, west of Lake Turkana, Kenya. The red flag marks where Alesi was found.
2/10
Isaiah Nengo/ The Leakey Foundation
Field crew of the Turkana Basin Institute when Alesi was discovered at Napudet in September 2014. From Left to right Abdala Ekuon, John Ekusi, Isaiah Nengo, Bernard Ewoi, Akai Ekes, and Cyprian Nyete.
3/10
Isaiah Nengo/ The Leakey Foundation
Cyprian Nyete (left) and Isaiah Nengo (right) excavating Alesi, using fine picks and brushes, as well as a hardener to protect the fossil bone.
4/10
Isaiah Nengo/ The Leakey Foundation
Alesi partially excavated after careful removal of loose sand and rocks with dental picks and brushes.
5/10
Isaiah Nengo/ The Leakey Foundation
Akai Ekes and John Ekusi watch as Isaiah Nengo lifts the sandstone block with Alesi after hours of excavation.
6/10
Isaiah Nengo/ Christopher Kiarie
Alesi after attached sandstone rock was partially removed at the Turkana Basin Insitute, near Lodwar, Kenya.
7/10
Fred Spoor/ The Leakey Foundation
Alesi, the skull of the new extinct ape species Nyanzapithecus alesi.
8/10
Fred Spoor/ The Leakey Foundation
Alesi, the skull of the new extinct ape species Nyanzapithecus alesi.
9/10
Paul Tafforeau/ The Leakey Foundation
Experimental setup at the European Synchrotron Radiation facility, used for the high resolution X-ray scanning of Alesi. The skull is mounted on a rotation stage in front of the detector, and a laser beam is used for accurate alignment.
10/10
Isaiah Nengo/ The Leakey Foundation
Map of Africa and Kenya, showing the location of Napudet, where Alesi was found.
Contact Us