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 the… more »
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.
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Skull 5, in-situ. Dmanisi, Republic of Georgia. Dr. David Lordkipanidze’s newest evidence to come from Dmanisi has set the stage for a lively debate between thelumpers and splitters. For the past two decades, Lordkipanidze—a five-time Leakey Foundation grantee (1998-2003)—and his colleagues have excavated at Dmanisi, a long-term study… more »
In April 2013 The Leakey Foundation awarded the Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowship to five outstanding applicants, most of whom are now beginning a new school year. The Fellowship was established in 1977 by Elisabeth O’Conner as a program to educate African scholars in prehistory and paleoanthropology. Recently the program was expanded beyond Africa… more »
Grants, The Leakey Foundation
In April we celebrated 45 years of funding science. 40 of those years have been graced with the leadership and generous philanthropy of Mr. Gordon P. Getty. To honor this milestone, the Foundation created the Gordon P. Getty Grant. We also celebrated with six events, in four days, held in San Francisco and Healdsburg, CA. On Thursday, April 25th, the events were kicked… more »
ATHENS, Ohio (May 15, 2013) — Two fossil discoveries from the East African Rift reveal new information about the evolution of primates, according to a study published online in Nature today led by Ohio University scientists. The team’s findings document the oldest fossils of two major groups of primates: the group that today includes apes and humans (hominoids),… more »