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!
The Leakey Foundation Speaker Series on Human Origins is in Chicago, Houston, New York and San Francisco.
American Museum of Natural History
Bay Area Science Festival
California Academy of Sciences
Chicago Council on Science and Technology
Houston Museum of Natural Science
The Leakey Foundation’s Speaker Series on Human Origins is supported by the Brown Foundation, Inc., Ann and Gordon Getty, and Camilla and George Smith.
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.
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.
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.