Speaker Series

The Leakey Foundation provides you with the opportunity to hear about the latest discoveries from top scientists in the field of human origins. For over four decades this has been the cornerstone of our education and outreach efforts. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York or Houston, check our calendar for the next lecture near you!  
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March 2019


The Raw Truth About Cooking

March 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024 United States

Rachel Carmody explains how processing increases the calories we extract from food, ways this practice has given humans an evolutionary edge, and why it may present challenges for our present and future.

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$10 – $50

Mama’s Last Hug: What Animal Emotions Reveal About Humans

March 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Marines’ Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States

Primatologist Frans de Waal explores the fascinating world of animal and human emotions.

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May 2019

$10 – $18

Homo naledi and the Chamber of Secrets

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

In this lecture, paleoanthropologist Jeremy DeSilva will discuss what we know about the new early human species Homo naledi and how its discovery is not only changing science, but how we define “human.”

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