Introducing our fall 2021 granteesThe Leakey Foundation, Grants
We are pleased to announce the recipients of our fall 2021 Leakey Foundation Research Grants. These 39 scientists embody our mission of increasing scientific knowledge and public understanding of human evolution, behavior, and survival.
Richard Leakey, renowned paleoanthropologist and conservationist dies at age 77In the News
Paleoanthropologist and conservationist Richard Erskine Frere Leakey, whose discoveries helped show that humankind evolved in Africa, died on January 2, 2022, at age 77.
Origin Stories podcast year in reviewThe Leakey Foundation, Origin Stories
Origin Stories podcast turned six years old in 2021! We produced 10 episodes and reached several important milestones this year. Here's a look back at our year in podcasting.
Help us meet our quadruple-match challenge!The Leakey Foundation, Support Us
Human origins research is powered by donors like you. This December, your donation to The Leakey Foundation will be quadruple-matched thanks to Jorge and Ann Leis and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.
Your support made a difference in 2021The Leakey Foundation
From funding research that helps us understand what it means to be human, to helping young scientists achieve their dreams of pursuing a graduate degree, to protecting endangered primates that stand at the brink of extinction, your support made a world of difference this year.
Fossil spine suggests ancient human relative walked like us, but climbed like an apeJournal Article
s ago an ancient human relative, Australopithecus sediba, lived in what is today South Africa, near a cave called Malapa that’s a part of the Cradle of Humankind. Until recently, it was not clear how much the species spent climbing in trees and walking on two legs on the ground.
Mystery solved: footprints from Site A at Laetoli, Tanzania, are from early humans, not bearsJournal Article, In the News
The oldest unequivocal evidence of upright walking in the human lineage are footprints discovered at Laetoli, Tanzania in 1978, by paleontologist Mary Leakey and her team. The bipedal trackways date to 3.7 million years ago. Another set of mysterious footprints was partially excavated at nearby Site A in 1976 but dismissed as possibly being made by a bear. A recent re-excavation of the Site A footprints at Laetoli and a detailed comparative analysis reveal that the footprints were made by an early human
Grantee Spotlight: Sebastián Ramírez AmayaGrantee Spotlight
Sebastián Ramírez Amaya is a PhD candidate who is studying chimpanzees in Uganda in order to learn about the evolution of pair-bonding in humans.
Grantee Spotlight: Tessa CicakGrantee Spotlight
Tessa Cicak is a PhD candidate studying whose research is testing ideas about how primates respond to competition over food resources.
What our skeletons say about the sex binaryGuest Post
Society increasingly accepts gender identity as existing along a spectrum. The study of people, and their remains, shows that sex should be viewed the same way.
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