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10.15.12

The Roots of Human Aggression

Being Human, Guest Post
Humans are more often at peace than at war; we cooperate more than we conflict. In fact, there is mounting evidence that cooperation may be acentral facet in explaining our success as a species.
08.19.12

Lying

Being Human, Guest Post
We like people who don’t lie; we feel they’re trustworthy. But perhaps life is not that simple, not that black and white.
07.17.12

Leakey grantees contribute to Chimpanzee

In the News
Jarman, age 4 Did you know that grantees of The Leakey Foundation, as well as project sites funded by the Foundation, were part of this summer’s Disneynature documentary Chimpanzee? The lead scientific consultant to the movie, Dr. Christophe Boesch, has been studying wild chimps for 30 years. During Boesch’s early years of research, The Leakey Foundation funded his work in Tai National Forest,more »
06.24.12

Evolution

Being Human
Humans often forget that we really are animals and almost all our behavior—even the most civilized and controlled—is rooted in evolution.
06.24.12

Emotions

Being Human
Why would we have evolved emotional responses? What are emotions really good for?
06.22.12

Culture

Being Human
Culture is the knowledge, beliefs, behavior, outlook, attitudes, values, goals, traditions, and practices shared by a group of people that cannot be attributed to genetics.
05.14.12

2012 Spring Grants Report

Grants
Scientists are turning to The Leakey Foundation for funding now more than ever. During the most recent grants cycle, Spring 2012, we received a record number of applications (the highest number in 44 years). The competition was stiff, and the funding decisions were even more difficult than usual. Here is a breakdown of some statistics for the cycle: We received 111 grant applications, including 3 applicationsmore »
12.13.11

Dispatches from the Amazon

From the Field, Travel
November, Board President Don Dana, along with Leakey Grantees Nick Toth and Kathy Schick ventured into the dense jungle of the Amazon Rainforest in search of the Huaorani tribe. Their quest… to learn about the Huaorani’s method of hunting with blowguns and poison darts, dipped in curare. Though The Leakey Foundation did not have a hand in funding this amazing trip, we thought you’d more »