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Team Leakey's Dan Lieberman running in the Serengeti 07.28.16

Why I am Excited to Run the San Francisco Marathon

Being Human, Guest Post, The Leakey Foundation
I have run many marathons but am especially excited to be running 26.2 miles through the streets of San Francisco on July 31 to raise money for The Leakey Foundation. In fact, running for the Leakey Foundation—which supports research on human evolution— couldn’t be more appropriate because we humans evolved to run in order to help each other survive.
Portrait of Henri Matisse by André Derain 1905 07.27.16

Being Human: Your Brain on Art

Being Human, Guest Post
The Mona Lisa’s smile has intrigued countless viewers, from art historians to the average tourist walking past it in the Louvre. One moment, she seems to be smiling but then, as your eyes move around the canvas, the smile seems to wane. What is the secret behind this enigma?
07.27.16

Grantee Spotlight: Amy Lu

Grantee Spotlight
Amy Lu in the field with wild geladas.
Dr. Amy Lu is an assistant professor at Stony Brook University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “Understanding weaning trajectories in a wild primate – the gelada (Theropithecus gelada).” Weaning is a critical life history transition for primates and other mammals. In humans,… more »
07.20.16

Grantee Spotlight: Kelsey Pugh

Grantee Spotlight
Kelsey Pugh
Kelsey Pugh was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “Mid-Late miocene hominoid phylogeny: Implications for ape and human evolution.” She is a PhD candidate from the City University of New York.  The living great apes, humans, and their fossil relatives (hominids) are among the most intensively studied mammals, yet… more »
IMG_2499 07.13.16

Grantee Spotlight: Nicole Thompson

Grantee Spotlight
Nicole Thompson
Nicole Thompson is a PhD candidate at Columbia University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled “The benefits of social connections during development in blue monkeys in Kakamega, Kenya.” We (primates) have strongly differentiated social relationships — not all social partners are created equal, and… more »
Kristin Sabbi 06.28.16

Grantee Spotlight: Kristin Sabbi

Grantee Spotlight
Kristin Sabbi was awarded a Leakey Foundation Research Grant in the spring of 2016 for her project entitled "The ontogeny of sex-typed social behavior among East African chimpanzees."