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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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May 2019


Innovation and Environmental Disruption During the Origin of Homo sapiens

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Coe Auditorium, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414 United States

In this talk, Dr. Rick Potts will discuss how recent discoveries at the Kenyan site of Olorgesailie represent milestones in technological, ecological, and social evolution that coincided with the oldest ages for fossils attributed to Homo sapiens in Africa.

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$10 – $18

Homo naledi and the Chamber of Secrets

May 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

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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