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2017 Symposium Video

ASU Institute of Human Origins—Evolutionary Foundations of Human Uniqueness Symposium

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 presented the cumulative preliminary results from 11 different research projects 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 presented the findings of three years of research. This forum was intended for a lay audience interested in what makes us human.