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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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Curtis Marean penned the cover story for the August 2015 issue of Scientific American. On the newstands now or read online (subscription or single-use fee required). Listen to an interview with Marean on KERA, Dallas public radio about how humans are "The most invasive species of all." Marean is the featured speaker for IHO's second "salon" at The Explorers Club in NYC on November 13, 2015. Read more about the event.

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

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 

Watch an introduction to the course!

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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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 Explorers 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. Read more about the event here. 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