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Fall Speaker Series on Human Origins

Speaker Series

The Leakey Foundation’s “Speaker Series on Human Origins” brings world-class speakers to give fascinating public lectures at museums and other institutions around the United States. The fall 2019 series will feature the latest discoveries and developments in paleoanthropology and human evolution research, including current research on Denisovans and Neanderthals, the importance of children and grandmothers in understanding human origins, and a celebration of the 45th anniversary of the discovery of “Lucy.”

Speaker Series on Human Origins

The Earliest Child: The Significance of “Selam”
October 16 – Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Zeray Alemseged
The Harold Washington Library

In partnership with the Chicago Council on Science and Technology and the Chicago Public Library.

Cleveland, Lucy, and Human Evolution
October 25 – Cleveland, Ohio
Dr. Donald Johanson
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

In partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Institute on Human Origins. This event is sold out.

Grandmothers and Human Evolution
November 6 – Houston, Texas
Dr. Kristen Hawkes
The Houston Museum of Natural Science

In partnership with the Houston Museum of Natural Science, with support from the Brown Foundation, Inc.

Living on the Edge: Neanderthals and Denisovans in Central Asia
November 13 – San Francisco, California
Dr. Bence Viola
The California Academy of Sciences

In partnership with the California Academy of Sciences. Tickets are on sale now!

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