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At The Leakey Foundation, we believe the human story belongs to everyone. Our educational programs are designed to make human origins research engaging, accessible, and relevant to you.

Follow your curiosity and explore our website to learn more about your ancient ancestors, your primate relatives, and how you became the amazing human you are today. 

Explore your human story

Human Origins Lectures

Learn directly from the world’s top scientists. Our collection of Leakey Lectures includes talks on everything from Neanderthals and chimpanzees to running, meat-eating, and the evolution of human skin color.

Lunch Break Science Web Series

Cranium discovery sheds light on early human migration

Origin Stories Podcast

Explore human evolution one story at a time with our award-winning Origin Stories podcast. We have dozens of episodes for you to enjoy.

Discovering Us

Learn about the most groundbreaking human evolution discoveries of the past 50 years with award-winning actor and activist Ashley Judd.

Evolution and the Future

Stories and Articles

Our website has hundreds of articles about the latest in human origins research, grantee profiles, and stories from the field.

Newsletter Archive

Explore the archive of The Leakey Foundation’s AnthroQuest newsletter to learn the stories behind the science. With more than 40 years of newsletters, this is an excellent resource for anthropology students.

Leakey Foundation Events

Check out our events calendar to learn about our lectures and other educational opportunities. We host in-person and virtual programs at museums and online.


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Thank you to our sponsors

The Leakey Foundation’s educational programs are made possible by generous support from the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Camilla and George Smith, the Joan and Arnold Travis Education Fund, and donors like you!

Just $5 each month can help bring the human evolutionary story to thousands of curious minds!

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