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April 2018


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

April 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

In 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.

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May 2018


Atapuerca: Crossroads of Human Evolution in Europe

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

In 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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Discovering Us: 50th Anniversary Gala

May 3 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm

You are invited to join The Leakey Foundation on May 3, 2018, to celebrate 50 years of exploration, discovery, and sharing the human story.

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The Origins of the Genus Homo

May 23 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium in the Harold Washington Center of the Chicago Public Library, 400 South State Street
Chicago, 60605 United States

In this talk Dr. Bernard Wood will survey the history of attempts to find the earliest members of the genus Homo, including very recent and controversial additions. He will review the complications that arise from defining the genus and discuss how half-a-century of paleontological research has taught him what to look for within the hominin fossil record when searching for the origins of our genus Homo.

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June 2018


Primate Palate: Orangutans, Obesity, and Human Evolution

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

How 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.

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September 2018

$10 – $18

The Evolution and Meanings of Human Skin Color

September 27 @ 6:30 pm
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

In this lecture, Nina Jablonski will discuss the evolution of human skin color and how color-based race concepts have influenced societies and social well-being.

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Free with admission to the Houston Museum of Natural Science

Family Class: Skin We Are In

September 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

Join anthropologist Nina Jablonski for an exploration of the science behind skin color. Jablonski will discuss the history of skin and its meaning. She will also read from her new book Skin We Are In.

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October 2018


2018 Fellows Tour – “Origins: China’s Early Human History and Prehistoric Culture”

October 8 - October 20

Join The Leakey Foundation on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to China. 21st century China presents a unique combination of the very ancient and the very modern. Our 2018 Leakey Foundation Fellows Trip led by Dr. Steve Kuhn will combine the very best of both. This exciting and educational trip will combine behind-the-scenes exploration of China's early human history with luxury experiences in the exciting modern cities of Beijing and Shanghai.

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November 2018


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

November 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Café Brauer, Lincoln Park Zoo, 2021 N Stockton Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60614

In this talk, Dr. John Mitani will review findings that reveal some interesting parallels between humans and chimpanzees with respect to friendships, longevity, and cooperation.

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Film Screening: Rise of the Warrior Apes

November 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Film Row Cinema, Columbia College, 1104 South Wabash Ave
Chicago, Illinois

This event is a screening of the award-winning documentary Rise of the Warrior Apes featuring a question and answer session with collaborating scientist Dr. John Mitani.

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