Richard and Meave Leakey and John Shea from Stony Brook’s Department of Anthropology are part of an upcoming Nova three-part special, “Becoming Human: Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors,” which airs November 3, 10, and 17 on PBS. The series includes footage from both the Turkana Basin and Stony Brook.
Richard Leakey is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Turkana Basin Institute, an international research institute to facilitate research and education in paleontology, archaeology, and geology in the Turkana Basin of Kenya. Meave Leakey is Director of Field Research, and Shea is investigating archaeological sites in West Turkana.
NOVA’s comprehensive series examines what the latest scientific research reveals about our hominid relatives—putting together the pieces of our human past and transforming our understanding of our earliest ancestors. Featuring interviews with world-renowned scientists, each hour unfolds with a CSI-like forensic investigation into the life and death of a specific hominid ancestor.