An opportunity for anyone who is interested in the search for fossils to take part in an exciting new project is being presented by fossil finder. Essentially the project asks the wider public to examine images taken by various aerial means over the Kenyan desert. There are about 1 million images, far too many to be searched by a small group, a computer searching is not practical considering the detail required.

Fossil finder is offering the potential for rewards to people willing to help in the search which is focused on fossil remains between 1.4 and 1.8 million years old.

“Maybe if somebody finds a new fragment from the latest 1.4 million-year-old hominin, they’ll get a chance to be on the committee that names it” said Dr Adrian Evans, University of Bradford. Other rewards might include a 3D printed replica of a particularly nice fossil.