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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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November 2019

$12 – $15

Living on the Edge: Neanderthals and Denisovans in Central Asia

November 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

In this lecture, Dr. Viola will share how ancient DNA and archaeological and morphological data are advancing our understanding of how Neanderthals and Denisovans interacted—biologically, geographically, and culturally.

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April 2020

Free

The Evolution of the Human Mind – CANCELED

April 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
American Museum of Natural History, 56 West 81st St.
New York, NY 10024 United States

NOTICE: After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel this event. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Film Screening: Rise of the Warrior Apes – CANCELED

April 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

NOTICE: After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel this event. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

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June 2020

Free

Lunch Break Science #1 • Zarin Machanda Lecture

June 25, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Zarin Machanda explores the nature of chimpanzee communication and relationships in this Lunch Break Science lecture.

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July 2020

Free

Lunch Break #2 • Lauren Schroeder Grantee Spotlight

July 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Take a break from your day and feed your brain with The Leakey Foundation!

Meet Leakey Foundation grantee Lauren Schroeder and learn what it takes to study the skulls of early humans. This short interview is part of The Leakey Foundation’s weekly video series Lunch Break Science.

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October 2020

Free

Unravelling the Genetic Past and Present of Island Southeast Asia

October 20, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Human evolutionary biologist Irene Gallego Romero discusses the presence of Denisovan DNA in present-day Papuans in this lecture.

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January 2021

Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding

January 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Daniel Lieberman Exercised Event

Leakey Foundation grantee Daniel Lieberman discusses his latest book, Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding.

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February 2021

A Most Interesting Problem

February 13 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Darwin sits on a turtle's back reading from a book on a beach

Join The Leakey Foundation for a free virtual celebration of Darwin’s birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of "The Descent of Man." This event brings together seven world-class scholars and science communicators to explore what Darwin got right and what he got wrong about the origin, history, and biological variation of humans.

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April 2021

The Chimpanzee Within Us

April 7 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
two chimpanzees interacting

ONE NIGHT ONLY! Anthropologists Alexandra Rosati and Zarin Machanda examine chimpanzee social lives, ecological context, and how they think and solve problems in this virtual lecture. Live April 7th at 4 pm Pacific - 5 pm Mountain - 6 pm Central - 7 pm Eastern only!

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June 2021

Virtual Lecture: Engaging With Public Audiences on Human Evolution

June 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dr. Briana Pobiner communicates with the public about fossil humans

Award-winning scientist and educator Dr. Briana Pobiner discusses the importance of learning and sharing information about our evolution.

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