TRINIL INDONESIA

  • A unique expedition to Trinil, Indonesia

    In the footsteps of Dubois

  • The scientist who discovered the ‘missing link’

    The Dubois experience

    Naturalis conserves the world-famous Dubois collection of more than 40,000 fossils. A few years ago, our scientists found two mussel shells with engravings in the collection. The unique find resulted in a publication in the respected scientific journal Nature. The engravings were probably made by Homo erectus around 480,000 years ago, and may be the earliest work of art in the world. In 2020, Professor Jose Joordens from Naturalis and her international research team will travel back to the Trinil site in Indonesia to look for additional evidence. This is a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of palaeontology and archaeology.

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    The Dubois experience
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Trinil shell with engravings

Trinil shell with engravings

Amazing crew

Amazing crew

Beautiful surroundings

Beautiful surroundings