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08.07.14

Happy Birthday, Louis Leakey!

In the News
Louis Leakey, for whom The Leakey Foundation is named, was born on this day in 1903. To celebrate him and his legacy, we invite you to read on and learn a little more about the jovial man who devoted his life to uncovering our shared past. Louis Leakey showing off a spear at a fundraiser. Los Angeles, 1970. “People frequently ask me why I devote so much time to seeking more »
06.04.14

Director’s Diary: Spain

Director's Diary
By Sharal Camisa, Executive Director There are few moments more thought-provoking than standing in a dark, damp cave with your arm outstretched, hovering your hand above a red-ochre hand print made over 20,000 years ago, and wondering about the individual who made that impression.  Eighteen passionate paleo-science enthusiasts had such an opportunity duringmore »
05.06.14

Spring 2014 Granting Session

Grants
On April 26, 2014, the Leakey Foundation Board of Trustees and the Scientific Executive Committee met to discuss the recent grantees for the Spring ’14 grant cycle. Below are some statistics from the Spring 2014 Granting Session:
  • There was a total of 111 applications for research grants and Baldwin Fellowships combined.
  • There were 10 Baldwin Fellowship applications.
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01.09.14

Fall 2013 Granting Session

Grants
In December 2013, the Leakey Foundation Board of Trustees and the Scientific Executive Committee met to discuss the newest grantees for the Fall ’13 grant cycle. Below are some quick facts for the Fall 2013 Granting Session:
  • There were a total of 89 applications
  • 40 applications fell under the category of Behavioral
  • 49 applications fell under the category of Paleoanthropology
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12.23.13

Is Everybody a Big Liar?

Being Human
How much do you think we lie? In the past few years, some compelling research has lead science to conclude that “everybody lies.”
12.18.13

Skullduggery: Is the Identity of the Piltdown Forger and His Methods Close to Full Exposure?

Guest Post
  By Dr. Jerry Drawhorn This year, and 60 years since the last extensive analysis of the remains led to the discovery that the Piltdown skull was a fraud, a team of over 15 analysts – including experts in ancient DNA, radiocarbon dating and isotope studies – have been assembled by Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London to re-examine themore »
11.21.13

The New Science of Cuffing Season

Being Human
The science of monogamy is not an open and shut case. The debate is still going strong about the specific evolutionary origins of why we form lasting relationships and science is continuing to uncover the precise mechanisms behind partner selection in the brain.
10.29.13

The Evolution of the Mean Girl

Being Human
Did female competition lead to covert aggression? It turns out that women may have evolved to do just that, according to a new article by Tracy Vaillancour.