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Charles_Darwin_photograph_by_Herbert_Rose_Barraud,_1881 02.12.16

Happy Birthday Charles Darwin!

When I was young and first learned about Charles Darwin and On the Origin of Species, I was immediately enamored with him and his story.
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Ring in the Lunar New Year with Monkey Cuvée

In case you haven't heard, our friends at Iron Horse Vineyards have created a special, limited edition “Year of the Monkey” cuvée, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this sparkling wine benefits The Leakey Foundation! Here we have guest blogger Tarin Teno sharing some fun information about Chinese New Year celebrations as well as a few ways to compliment this special wine.
ClarkLeakey 02.09.16

Grantee Spotlight: Jamie Clark

Jamie Clark (University of Alaska Fairbanks) was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for her project entitled "Early Upper Paleolithic hunting strategies at Mughr el-Hamamah, Jordan."
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From the Field: Alia Gurtov

With the start of 2016, it is time for a progress update. As I write, I am sitting in a pleasantly overheated café while Madison, WI, withers in 5° F temperatures. This couldn’t feel more different from the conditions in which I first wrote about my research.
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Grantee Spotlight: Timothy Campbell

Timothy Campbell, PhD candidate at Texas A&M, was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our fall 2015 cycle for his project entitled “Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of Sterkfontein and Swartkrans using rodent postcrania.”
Simon Mataro (left) and Tim Campbell (right) after finding modern micromammal remains under an active owl roost in Laetoli, Tanzania
Many theories… more »
Kaitlin Wellens 01.26.16

Grantee Spotlight: Kaitlin Wellens

The next grantee from our fall 2015 cycle is Kaitlin Wellens, PhD candidate from The George Washington University. She was awarded a grant for her project entitled “Maternal effects on juvenile chimpanzee social behavior and physiological stress.”
Kaitlin Wellens
Mothers can have a tremendous impact on various aspects of their offspring’s early development, including behavior,… more »
ESHElondon_UHL 01.21.16

From the Field: Alexandra Uhl

In the spring of 2014 The Leakey Foundation awarded Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, a research grant for her project entitled “Sex determination in geographically and ontogenetically diverse samples.”  To read a short summary of her work on our blog, click here.  Recently she got in touch with us with a short update. Following the pictures… more »
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Cranial evolution in modern humans and neanderthals

Timothy Weaver, UC Davis
Timothy Weaver was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant in the spring of 2010 for his project entitled “Cranial evolution: Neandertals and modern humans compared to chimpanzees.” Explaining the meaning of skeletal differences between neanderthals and modern humans has been a topic of debate since the discovery of neanderthals in 1856. Differences in cranial… more »
rubel 01.19.16

Grantee Spotlight: Meagan Rubel

Over the next few months we will be introducing you to our new fall 2015 grantees, and so we begin with Meagan Rubel.