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Investigating what makes us human

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Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 10:00am to 3:00pm


Tempe Center for the Arts



IHO Symposium

Evolutionary Foundations of Human Uniqueness

What made us human?

In 2014, the ASU Institute of Human Origins received a $4.9 million grant from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate how key traits in human evolution played crucial roles in our emergence. Large brains, long life spans, social cooperation, and complex communication skills are among those behavioral, cognitive, and emotional differences that set us apart.

This public symposium will present the results of 11 different research projects that attempt to interweave some answers into how we became human. From "bones and stones" to coastal foraging by early modern humans to cooperation in warfare among today's indigenous African communities, IHO scientists will present the findings of three years of research.

This forum is intended for a lay audience interested in what makes us human. 

Watch the video from this event.

Hosted by

Institute of Human Origins

Additional Information

Contact us

Julie Russ
480-727-6580 or iho@asu.edu