Palaeontological Research and Collaboration within the National Museums of Kenya
Dr. Emma Mbua (Department of Earth Sciences, National Museums of Kenya)

エマ・ムブア博士(ケニア国立博物館地球科学部門 部門長)

Kenya is well known for its wealth of palaeontological heritage including remains of early man spanning the last 6-7 million years. The country has thus been referred to as the cradle for humankind. In addition, the country boasts a large Palaeontological collection south of Sahara, recovered from many years of research from sites scattered in many parts of the country. The Palaeontological collection totals to close to 300,000 specimens collected over a period of more that 50 years of research by groups of international researchers in collaboration with local scientists. The oldest fossils date to about 200 million years and represent remains of an extinct lizard discovered along the Kenyan coast.

The rich Palaeontological collections are housed at the National Museums of Kenya, a State Corporation institution that is mandated by the government of Kenya to oversee research and safe custody of these collections. The Department of Earth Sciences at the Museum curates the fossils and also coordinated both local and international research in the fields of Palaeontology, Palaeoanthropology, Archeology, Palynology and Geology. The department receives over 50 visiting international scientists who frequent the collections to undertake various researches. In addition, the department coordinated over 15 field research expeditions that are jointly carried out between local scientists and international collaborators