In-Africa: The role of East Africa in the evolution of human diversity

The In-Africa Project was a five-year research programme to investigate the origins of our species – Homo sapiens – and its diversity in Africa. The project was funded by an ERC Advanced Grant to Marta Mirazon Lahr, between 2012-2017, although its activities extended to 2019.

Its main focus was on making new discoveries of early human fossils, archaeological sites and their environmental context in East Africa to test models of human origins and diversification. The project’s main activities were in Kenya, in an area to the southwest of Lake Turkana, as well as in the Central Rift. It also carried out smaller explorations by Lake Albert in Uganda.