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October 2017

Free

Alesi: The Life, Death, and Discovery of an Ancestor

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Walter Payton College Prep High School, 1034 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States

The recent discovery of a 13 million-year-old fossil infant ape skull has offered a rare glimpse of what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The fossil, nicknamed “Alesi,” was discovered by a member of Dr. Isaiah Nengo’s research team. In this talk, Dr. Nengo will share the story of finding this rare fossil and discuss what cutting-edge technology has uncovered about the life of this ancient infant.

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$15

The Origins of the Genus Homo

October 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr 94118
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States

In this talk, paleoanthropologist Dr. Bernard Wood will survey the history of attempts to find fossils of 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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November 2017

$10

Science Speakeasy: Fake or Fact?

November 1, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Public Works, 161 Erie Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 United States

How can you tell what’s fake and what’s fact when it comes to science? Join New York University biological anthropologist Dr. Todd Disotell and Science Friday’s Undiscovered podcast co-host and producer Elah Feder for an evening separating the fantastical from the factual.

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$18

Rewriting Modern Human Origins: Insights from New Discovery in Morocco

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030 United States

In this talk Dr. Shara Bailey will discuss her work on the newly discovered 300,000 year old Homo sapiens fossils in Jebel Irhoud, Morocco. The fossils show that by about 300,000 years ago, important changes in our biology and behavior and are reshaping our understanding of how we evolved.

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April 2018

Free

Film Screening: Rise of the Warrior Apes

April 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Anderson-Clarke Center, Rice University, 6100 S Main Street
Houston, TX United States

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. Filmed over 23 years, Rise of the Warrior Apes tells the epic story of an extraordinary troop of chimpanzees in Ngogo, Uganda – featuring four mighty warriors who rule through moral ambiguity, questionable politics, strategic alliances, and destroyed trust. Admission is free. Registration is not required. If you have questions, please contact Arielle Johnson-…

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$18

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

$15

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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Free

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

Free

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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