In the last 60,000 years, humans have emerged as an ecologically dominant species and have successfully colonized every terrestrial habitat.
Connecting the human past to the global future
Transdisciplinary research from fossils to genomics
The Institute of Human Origins is one of the preeminent research organizations in the world devoted to the science of human origins
A research center of The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (link is external), IHO pursues an integrative strategy for research and discovery central to our founding mission. We bridge social, earth, and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning the course, causes, and timing of events in the human career over deep time.
IHO fosters awareness of human origins and its relevance to modern society through innovative outreach programs that provide timely, accurate information for both educators and the general public.
IHO invites students to join Lucy in Space!
Middle and high school students and teachers—IHO is launching a contest in partnership with the NASA Lucy Mission! The contest will creatively explore our origins here on Earth and in our own solar system. Winners get an invitation (virtual or in person) to view the launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida (sorry, travel expenses not covered) and have presentations by our own Donald Johanson and lead scientists at the Southwest Research Institute for the mission to your class or school—plus be featured on NASA and ASU websites! Read more about the contest and rules at the contest website https://askananthropologist.asu.edu/lucy-in-space
ASU Catalyst interviews Don Johanson about the NASA Lucy Mission, which includes ASU components. The mission will reach asteroids close to Jupiter, which may contain clues to the origin of our solar system.
Skip ahead to 16:25 to learn about the Lucy mission.
From our very beginning, the Institute of Human Origins focused one "leg" of our mission on public outreach. Our founding members believe that scientists are the best interpreters of their own research for the public. We believe that sharing the story of how we "became human" is as important as sharing the science.
Becoming Human is a Webby award-winning and American Association for the Advancement of Science approved website, and one of the ways we teach paleoanthropological science to online users of all ages.
Inspired by Ask A Biologist and our Webby-award winning website Becoming Human, Ask An Anthropologist aspires to build an online community of science and social studies educators focused on middle- and high-school learners. Many resources on the web provide facts about how we became human, but we provide classroom teachers with curricular tools and content that engage young people in human origins and scientific methods. Find answers to such questions as—