Speaker Series

Speaker Series

The Leakey Foundation Annual Speaker Series on Human Origins is a lecture series from top scientists in the field of human origins. This program has been the cornerstone of our education and outreach efforts for nearly 50 years. If you are in San Francisco, New York, Chicago, or Houston, check our calendar for the next lecture near you!

Upcoming Events

New York, NY

Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution

03.07.18  7:00 pmHow can studying what orangutans eat help us better understand the obesity epidemic in humans? Dr. Erin Vogel shares her research on wild orangutans in the tropical forests of Sumatra and Borneo, illuminating how their diet, behavior, and metabolism can provide insights into the human condition.

Houston, TX

What Makes Us Human? Lessons from the Study of Wild Chimpanzees

04.17.18  6:30 pmIn this talk, John Mitani will discuss how his 23-year study of an unusually large community of chimpanzees at Ngogo in Kibale National Park, Uganda, challenges our notions of what makes us human. Studies of the Ngogo chimpanzees indicate that the gap between them and us may be smaller than previously thought.

San Francisco, CA

Atapuerca: Crossroads of Human Evolution in Europe

05.02.18  7:00 pmIn this talk María Martinón-Torres will discuss her work tracing the origins of our closest extinct relatives, the Neanderthals. She will also share how fossils of Homo antecessor, an early human species, found at Atapuerca have shifted our understanding of the ancestry of the first Europeans.

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