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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 »
12.13.11

23 Grants Awarded in Fall 2011 Granting Session

Grants
We’re approaching the end of the year and the conclusion of our Fall 2011 Granting Session. Our Scientific Executive Committee (SEC) and outside peers have reviewed all applications, and have made their recommendations for funding distribution. This fall, we received 74 applications for grants in Behavioral and Paleoanthropology categories, of which the reviewers have recommended 20 grantsmore »
10.26.11

Leakey Grantees Final Reports Now Available

Grants
Interested in the latest research funded by The Leakey Foundation? Final Reports from our most recent pool of grantees are now available on our website. Whether you’re an avid science enthusiast, or a scientist yourself, our grantees’ Final Reports give you a glimpse at a broad range of the most current research into human origins. View the Final Reports here.more »
10.05.11

Grant Funding Increases Despite Tough Economy

Grants
In these tough economic times, we work hard to maintain our grant funding for scientific research projects. Despite this challenging environment, we have been able to increase our grant funding over the last two years, adding $85,000 overall to our total annual grants given since 2008. In addition, 80% of our total budget goes to science research and education, making The Leakey Foundation a highly efficientmore »
10.05.11

Grant Funding Increases Despite Tough Economy

Grants
  In these tough economic times, we work hard to maintain our grant funding for scientific research projects. Despite this challenging environment, we have been able to increase our grant funding over the last two years, adding $85,000 overall to our total annual grants given since 2008. In addition, 80% of our total budget goes to science research and education, making The Leakey Foundation a highlymore »
10.04.11

Welcome: John Mitani and Terry Harrison have joined the SEC

The Leakey Foundation
We are pleased to announce the addition of two esteemed scientists as the newest members of our Scientific Executive Committee (SEC): Terry Harrison and John Mitani. We’d like to welcome them to the Committee and thank them for their essential contribution to our mission. The SEC is the heart of the Leakey Foundation’s scientific direction. It consists of a group of scientists chosen to reviewmore »
08.11.11

Welcome Baby “Pistache”!

The Leakey Foundation
During The Leakey Foundation 2011 Annual Auction and Dinner, Foundation Trustee Mrs. Carolyn Farris bid on and won the “naming rights” for the next chimpanzee born at the Fongoli site in Senegal. Fongoli, which is run by Leakey Grantee Jill Pruetz, is home to a unique group of chimpanzees that have adapted to living in a savanna environment, often seen by Pruetz and her team hunting bush babiesmore »
07.25.11

Notes from the Field with Jill Pruetz

In the News
Chimps on the savanna in Senegal.

July 2011 at Fongoli:

Predators and Prey

by Jill Pruetz, Leakey Grantee Some exciting events have occurred this month, including quite a bit of predation attempts by the Fongoli chimps as well as an encounter with a potential predator. So far this year, we’ve recorded 37 tool-assisted hunting attempts on galago (or bushbaby) prey. This behavior peaks at the beginning more »
07.21.11

Toshisada Nishida: In Memoriam

The Leakey Foundation
Nishida with chimp Toshibo Along with scores of others in the primatology field, The Leakey Foundation mourns the passing of Dr. Toshisada Nishida. Dr. Nishida was a pioneer in the study of chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains of Tanzania. He first began his field work in 1965; his research, mentoring and encouragement of other primatologists continued until his passing in June of this year. His contributionsmore »
06.13.11

Leakey Grantee Publication Alert: Sarah Mathew

Grantee Spotlight
Leakey Foundation Grantee Sarah Mathew was published in today’s PNAS Early Edition. She was awarded a research grant by The Leakey Foundation in 2009. Her dissertation research examines how the Turkana, an acephalous pastoral society in East Africa, solve the collective action problem in warfare. She also examines the scale of cooperation and norms in Turkana warfare, to evaluate the role ofmore »