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Field Notes: My Time with Titis

From the Field | Guest Post

What is it like to study titi monkeys in the Amazon Rainforest? Leakey Foundation grantee David Wood says the worst part is the sweat bees.

ASU Institute of Human Origins celebrates Lucy with a 50th-anniversary symposium

Education | Lecture

Lucy is one of the most famous fossils of all time. The discovery of this species had a major impact on the science of human origins and evolution. Why? What was that impact?

Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lucy’s discovery with a symposium on Saturday, April 6, 2024.

Jane Goodall’s 90-Dog Salute

Director's Diary | The Leakey Foundation

When Jane Goodall was asked how she wanted to spend her 90th birthday, the trailblazing primatologist said, “With dogs.”

Raymond Dart’s 1973 Lecture, “The Discovery of Australopithecus and Its Implications”

From the Archive | Guest Post | Video

Raymond Arthur Dart (1893-1988) announced, described, and named the first discovery of an Australopithecine in the February 7, 1925 issue of Nature. The now iconic specimen consisted of a partial fossilized face, jaw, and cast of the interior of the braincase of a young child from Taung, which Dart assigned to a new genus and species called Australopithecus africanus.

Humans and plants go way back


The Leakey Foundation and American Association for Biological Anthropologists’ Education Committee are collaborating on outreach at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on March 20, 2024, from 9:30 am–3 pm as part of the museum’s Spring into Nature program, which celebrates plant stories.

Grantee Spotlight: Amy E. Clark

Grantee Spotlight

Amy Clark is an archaeologist whose field research is focused on the Middle Stone Age in Morocco. She received a Leakey Foundation grant in 2020, for archaeological excavations at Jorf el Hamam in southwest Morocco.

New methods of conservation needed to prevent the extinction of great apes

Journal Article

Great apes, human’s closest living relatives, are knocking on the door of extinction. Traditional methods of conservation have helped, but these methods are no longer enough, say multiple-time Leakey Foundation grantees John Mitani and Andrew Marshall, researchers at the University of Michigan.

Let’s talk about evolution

The Leakey Foundation

Are you fascinated with human origins and interested in meeting others who share your curiosity? Join the Evolution Exchange on February 27 for a lively virtual discussion group exploring the evolution of childhood and the human family.

Now hiring a part-time Grants Associate

The Leakey Foundation

The Leakey Foundation is looking to add a part-time Grants Associate to our team. The Grants Associate helps facilitate our grant application and award process, providing support for the Grants Officer and working closely with The Leakey Foundation’s Scientific Executive Committee.

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