Found in Kenya

We are just the newest and most successful variety of human- Homo Sapiens, which is Latin for “wise man.”

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Explore the Ages

Explore the collection by using the filters or scroll below to explore the different time periods.

Explore the Ages

Explore the Ages

23.0–5.3 Myr

Miocene

The Miocene was a period of warmer and wetter conditions in most of the earth than is seen today. Vast tropical forests covered the equatorial regions of Africa...

23.0–16.0 mya

Early Miocene

A warm period with the emergence of the first grasslands, which led to the diversification of mammals and evolution of apes. East African Rift begins to form....

16.0–11.6 mya

Middle Miocene

Initially warmer, followed by a cooler period in which grasslands and conifer forests expanded. Rifting in eastern Africa expands, enhancing seasonality and the...

11.6–5.3 mya

Late Miocene

Accelerated rifting in eastern Africa created more variability in rainfall between lowlands and highlands. The lineages of hominins from other apes diverge as g...

5.3–2.6 mya

Pliocene

Cooling and drying of the landscape increased and grazing mammals emerged to take advantage of abundant grassy resources. Hominins evolved bipedality and rudime...

2.6 Myr - 11.7Kyr

Pleistocene

Compared to the world we know, the Pleistocene was very cold, and glaciers- huge walls of ice- moved across the world, changing the land. This is the time our a...

2.6–1.8 mya

Early Pleistocene

Profound climatic variability sets in, which begins a period of transitions between open grasslands and closed forests. Hominins evolve as tool-using scavengers...

1.8–0.13 mya

Middle Pleistocene

Greater extremes between warm and wet and cold and dry ensue. Hominins develop bifacial tools as they transition from scavengers to active hunters and strategic...

126.0–11.7 kya

Late Pleistocene

The length of time between warm and wet and cold and dry periods increased, but the contrast in temperatures also increased during this period. Hominins became ...

11.7 kyr - 8.2 kyr

Holocene

The Holocene is the current geological time period. During this period, the glaciers of the late Pleistocene retreated as warming trend spread throughout the Ea...

11.7–8.2 kya

Early Holocene

Warm and wet conditions abounded across most of the northern hemisphere. Humans engage in fishing and foraging next to lakes and trade artefacts over long dista...

8.2–4.2 kya

Middle Holocene

The climate transitions to drier conditions and a new form of subsistence emerges—pastoralism. People begin to herd animals to ensure a ready food source and th...

4.2–0.1 kya

Late Holocene

The climate is relatively stable, but dry and grassy in this period. Plant cultivation and iron technologies transform the landscape into a more open system....