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The Institute of Human Origins is one of the preeminent research organizations in the world devoted to the science of human origins.

       

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IHO affiliate Sarah Mathew and ASU anthropologist Charles Perreault have found that social learning, not environment, is behind the diversity of human behavior. Read more.


Science magazine tapped IHO research associate Kim Hill to pen a best-practices editorial essay on dealing with emerging isolated tribes.


Inaugural issue of coastal science magazine features Curtis Marean's Mossel Bay research. Includes video interviews.
Read the Hakai Magazine article


A Human Climate video provides an understanding into how field research combines with laboratory analysis to create new knowledge about our human origins.


Don Johanson is interviewed by Dr. Biologist about "Lucy" for the 40th anniversary of this historic discovery.


For her contributions to her field, IHO Affiliate Joan Silk was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Read more


IHO Affiliate Sarah Mathew recently became one of 32 inaugural Carnegie Fellowship winners. Read more


Listen to Bill Kimbel talk about the Ledi-Geraru mandible discovery on KJZZ



For chimpanzees, lethal aggression is natural—new study with coauthor Ian Gilby with commentary by Joan Silk


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Don Johanson will be among the first ASU faculty to offer a course in ASU's Global Freshman Academy, a first-of-its-kind program that offers a unique entry point to an undergraduate education. Read more 


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>>>


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IHO in NYC

Friday, November 13, 2015
Explorer's Club, New York City

For the second year, the Institute of Human Origins will host a salon at the famed Explorer's Club in New York City to bring the stories of its engaging research to a public audience. This year, Curtis Marean, IHO Associate Director, will recount his narrative of why human cooperation was essential to our species' survival when all other human-like species went extinct. Seats are limited and tickets are $200 per person. More information or to purchase tickets, contact Julie Russ 480-727-6571 or jruss@asu.edu.


Evolution of Social Complexity Lecture Series
Cosponsored by IHO, Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems, and School of Human Evolution and Social Change. Lectures end April 2015. Full schedule here