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Discovery of a partial jaw by IHO team in Ledi-Geraru, Ethiopia, led by Kaye Reed and Chris Campisano, pushes back genus Homo by 400,000 years. 

Read about this exciting discovery and view a video at ASU News>>>

The story was covered widely in the national and international press. See a list of stories and links here>>>


A $4.9 million, three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation to IHO will allow IHO scientists to undertake a multifaceted, transdisciplinary collaborative research project seeking to increase our understanding of the process of "how we became human."

Read more at ASU News>>>

Go to IHO-Templeton Research Projects page>>>