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11.19.14

Ta ̈ı chimpanzees anticipate revisiting high-valued fruit trees from further distances

Journal Article, Baldwin Fellows
Baldwin Fellow Simone Dagui Ban is a PhD student from the Félix Houphouët Boigny University in Côte d’Ivoire. Following the 2010-11 election crisis that made studying in her home country impossible, Ban was given the opportunity to study at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology for one year.  She was awarded her first Franklin Mosher Baldwin Memorial Fellowship in the spring of 2013 somore »
11.17.14

Grantee Spotlight: Philip A. Slater

Grantee Spotlight
In spring of 2013 Philip A. Slater, PhD candidate at the University of Illinois, was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant for his project entitled “Planning and technological organization in the Kenyan MSA and LSA.”  The following is a short update on his progress. Small and intentionally dug hole that contained about 550 artifacts. The people at the site (~94,000 years ago) appearedmore »
11.14.14

From the Field: Anne E. Russon, Kutai National Park, Borneo

From the Field
Anne E. Russon and her team have been collecting field data on east Bornean orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus morio) at the newly established Bendili study area (northern border of Kutai National Park) since January 2010. Russon has been awarded two grants by The Leakey Foundation for her study of the ranging behavior and diet of this population, which due to the harsh environment is considered to be the extrememore »
11.12.14

From the Field: Alexandra Uhl at the StEvE Conference, University of Tübingen

From the Field
Leakey Foundation grantee Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, reports from the StEvE Conference. EvE is a semester seminar series at the University of Tübingen with speakers who talk about their research in Evolution and Ecology. The StEvE conference is organized within the EvE for Students… So St(udents) and EvE = StEVE. Each year StEvE is organized by a different… more »
11.12.14

From the Field: Alexandra Uhl at the StEvE Conference, University of Tübingen

From the Field
Leakey Foundation grantee Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, reports from the StEvE Conference. EvE is a semester seminar series at the University of Tübingen with speakers who talk about their research in Evolution and Ecology. The StEvE conference is organized within the EvE for Students… So St(udents) and EvE = StEVE.   Each year StEvE is organized by a differentmore »
11.10.14

Grantee Spotlight: Alexandra Uhl

Grantee Spotlight
In the spring of 2014 The Leakey Foundation awarded Alexandra Uhl, PhD candidate from the University of Tübingen in Germany, a research grant for her project entitled “Sex determination in geographically and ontogenetically diverse samples.” My research looks at sexual dimorphism (differences between males and females) in the bony labyrinth, which is the rigid outer wall of the inner… more »
11.04.14

From the Field: Isaiah Nengo, Lake Turkana Basin, Kenya

From the Field
Leakey Foundation grantee Isaiah Nengo (spring 2014) has recently returned from the field with exciting news! Isaiah Nengo at work in the Lake Turkana Basin Plio-Pleistocene sediments of the Lake Turkana basin have provided numerous fossils key to our current understanding of the origin and evolutionary history of the hominid lineage in Africa.  Scattered within the vast Plio-Pleistocene depositsmore »
11.03.14

Grantee Spotlight: Nathan Thompson

Grantee Spotlight
Nathan Thompson explaining to a kinematic subject how head motion relates to the semicircular canal organs in the inner ear.   Nathan Thompson, PhD candidate from Stony Brook University, was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant in spring of 2014 for his project entitled “Kinematics and evolution of upper body stability in hominins.” Humans are unique among our primate relativesmore »
10.02.14

Irven DeVore: 1934-2014

The Leakey Foundation
Irven DeVore. Photo from The Leakey Foundation Archive The world is made less joyful with the recent passing of Dr. Irven DeVore. He passed away on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from heart failure. Irv joined The Leakey Foundation as a Trustee in 1974 and served until 1978. He became Co-Chair of the Scientific Executive Committee in 1980 and was later honored with the title of SEC Emeritus, joining his colleaguesmore »
09.03.14

Extracting Ancient Dental DNA: Just Like Pulling Teeth

Behind the Science, Guest Post, Education
by Dr. Anne Stone,  Arizona State University Photo: David Bygott BY-NC-SA 2.0 How hard can it be to extract DNA from the teeth of chimpanzees that died only 30 or 40 years ago? These were my initial thoughts when presented with the opportunity to examine the DNA of the most famous chimpanzees in the world. These individuals, studied by Dr. Jane Goodall at Gombe, included Flo, Madam Bee, Satan, Hugo, and Getty.more »