Speaker Series, Guest Post
On June 6th, Dr. Erin Vogel gave a lecture titled "Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution" as part of a joint production by the American Museum of Natural History and The Leakey Foundation.
Primates are fascinating. They are intelligent, live in complex societies and are a vital part of the ecosystem. Lemurs, lorises, galagos, tarsiers, monkeys, and apes are our closest biological relatives and just like them, humans are also primates. However, while the human population has spread to all corners of the earth, many of our closest relatives are under serious threat.
In the News, The Leakey Foundation, Origin Stories
The Leakey Foundation's Origin Stories podcast has won the Prix Marulić International Audio Festival in the documentary category for “What They Left Behind” by producer Neil Sandell and editor Julia Barton.
Grants, The Leakey Foundation, Baldwin Fellows
This spring we awarded a record number of Baldwin Fellowships. The prestigious Franklin Mosher Baldwin Fellowship was established in 1978 to provide scholars from developing countries with the opportunity to receive training abroad in the fields of paleoanthropology and primatology. The spring 2018 Baldwin Fellows include scholars from Ethiopia, India, Iran, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Emma Finestone is a PhD candidate from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2017 cycle for her project entitled "Examining the Oldowan through time on the Homa Peninsula."
From the Field
Rachel Perlman was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “The energetics of male reproductive strategies in geladas (Theropithecus gelada).” Here she updates us on her field work in Ethiopia.