Margaret Crofoot used GPS technology in an unprecedented way. She and her team fitted almost all of the adult members of a baboon troop with high-resolution GPS collars capable of recording movement at a scale of 1 GPS point every second. This fine-grained data gave Crofoot and her team a new way of tackling a question that has been vexing primatologists for decades. How do baboons make collective movement decisions?
In the latest episode of Origin Stories, we talk with Evan Hadingham, senior science editor for the PBS program NOVA. His new book, Discovering Us: 50 Great Discoveries in Human Origins, highlights the thrilling fossil finds, groundbreaking primate behavior observations, and important scientific work of Leakey Foundation researchers.