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2018

February

It’s easy to watch the evening news and assume Homo sapiens is one of the most recalcitrant species on the planet.

Arizona State University researcher Kevin Langergraber knows nearly 200 chimpanzees of the Ngogo community by sight and by name — Jackso

2017

December

Arizona State University ranks ninth out of 719 universities in the U.S.

September

At the beginning of the year, Arizona State University publicly launched

June

Planets get all the attention — just look at the ruckus raised when Pluto was demoted or anytime NASA announces exoplanet discoveries.

When male chimpanzees of the world’s largest known troop patrol the boundaries of their territory in Ngogo, Uganda, they walk silently in single file.

May

Arizona State University researchers have contributed to a study that offers the first comprehensive assessment of what was going on in the world when the genus that includes modern humans first ev

April

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles for spring 2017 commencement.

On Tuesday, May 9, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University will recognize its highest achieving students from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities at th

February

If you want to know the future, study the past. Confucius said it. Anne Stone embodies it.

January

Kaye Reed, an Arizona State University President’s Professor and a research associate with the Institute of Human Origins, has been named the director of ASU’s Schoo

2016

December

When archaeologist Charles Perreault traveled to Mongolia for some investigative fieldwork, he didn’t bring the typical tool set of shovels and spades.

November

Gary Schwartz, who has devoted his career to unlocking the mysteries of human's unique life history through examining how our teeth grow, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the

October

On a recent evening in Phoenix, four scholars gathered at the downtown Orpheum Theatre for an ASU Origins forum devoted to climate change, mass extinction, hu

About three weeks ago, Toughie died.

He was the last Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog on Earth. If you’re not familiar with the species, it may be because it was only discovered in 2005.

Scientists are increasingly concerned about the impact of climate change on the world’s biodiversity, and much effort has been placed into forecasting the response of species to these changes over

August

Read this as a cautionary tale, and not about the danger of falling out of trees.

May

Anne C. Stone is something of a renaissance woman when it comes to anthropology.

March

The general consensus is that more information is better for everyone.

February

What regulates the size of an organism’s teeth? The reduced size of our back teeth, or molars, is one of the defining attributes separating modern humans from hominins (our extinct relatives).

2015

October

How and why did human beings evolve to cooperate with unrelated individuals or even strangers?

September

How did humans get from using stone tools to using power tools?

It sounds lovely: spending the summer on the golden slopes high above Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, watching chimpanzee groups go about their daily lives, working at the world-famous Jane Goodall In

July

President Obama enjoyed a rare event during his recent trip to Ethiopia — one that only a handful of scientists, including ASU’s Donald Johanson

June

For more than a century, scientists have debated why people in different parts of the world eat different foods, follow different social norms and believe in different origin stories.

In the jungles of South America, it is believed that around 50 indigenous societies live with no or limited contact with the outside world.

April

Non-human primates can teach us a lot about ourselves, such as providing insight into how we evolved as a social species.

While many view warfare as a breakdown between societies, Arizona State University anthropologist Sarah Mathew views it as an outgrowth of cooperation.

March

Editor's note: This story is being highlighted in ASU Now's year in review.

January

In 1974, as a newly minted PhD, Donald Johanson set off for the remote badlands of Ethiopia to search for fossil remains of ancient humans.

2014

November

In the animal kingdom, the battle of the sexes often truly becomes a battle. Among chimpanzees, males may violently attack females, sometimes resulting in serious wounds.

September

In the 1970s, Jane Goodall’s reports of chimpanzee violence caught the attention of a global audience.

One of the most fundamental and compelling issues in science is the search for the origins of our species.

August

Attaching a stone tip onto a wooden spear shaft was a significant innovation for early modern humans living around 500,000 years ago.

Members of a previously “uncontacted” tribe emerged last July from the forest in Brazil near the Peruvian border seeking voluntary contact with the outside world.

Tuberculosis is one of the most persistent and deadliest infectious diseases in the world, killing one to two million people each year.

April

Two ASU professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be named 2014 President’s Professors on April 18 at the Faculty Excellence Awards.

Beginning April 9 and continuing on April 16 and April 23, a new three-episode PBS series, "Your Inner Fish," will air on Eight, Arizona PBS at 9 p.m. MST.

January

One of the most hotly debated issues in current human origins research focuses on how the 4.4 million-year-old African species Ardipithecus ramidus is related to the human lineage.

2013

November

Faye McGechie is one of many Arizona State University undergraduate students engaged in research projects under the direct guidance of top-level faculty.

October

Variation of the type found in a new series of 1.8-million-year-old skulls discovered in Dmanisi, Georgia – an area between the Caspian and Black Seas – is not unusual in our species, says

February

A multinational research team is taking a look back in time to study the relationship between climate and human evolution.

2012

April

Over the past year, ASU’s Institute of Human Origins has been marking 30 years as an organization dedicated to its mission of research and discovery of the causes of human evolutionary change over

2011

September

CT scans of fossil skulls may help researchers settle a classic puzzle about the evolution of Africa’s Australopithecus, a key ancestor of modern humans that died out some 1.4 million year

May

<p>A 2009 Gallup Poll found that only 39 percent of Americans say they “believe in the theory of evolution,” and not surprisingly, the poll found a strong relationship between education and b

March

<p>“We are the only species on earth to possess the ability to explore, discover and speculate about its own past.”</p><p>Written in a newsletter nearly 30 years ago by Donald Joh

February

<p><strong>3.2 million-year-old fossil foot bone supports humanlike bipedalism in Lucy&rsquo;s species, Australopithecus afarensis</strong></p>

2010

September

<p><strong>Biological anthropologist links culture with human behavior</strong></p><p>Robert Boyd, co-author of the Staley Prize-winning book “Culture and the Evolutio

July

New fossil remains discovered in South Africa may be a transitional species between “Lucy,” the 3.2 million-year-old fossils discovered by ASU professor Donald Johanson, and our own evolutionary br

2009

December

<p>The timing of molar emergence and its relation to growth and reproduction in apes is being reported by two scientists at Arizona State University's <a href="

August

<p><b>Discovery places complex cognition at 72,000 years ago, and perhaps far earlier</b></p><p>Evidence that early modern humans living on the coast of the far southe

June

Researchers are currently debating whether or not designs found in a South African cave are the oldest known examples of human art.

2006

September

Discovery of a nearly intact, 3.3 million-year-old juvenile skeleton is filling an important gap in understanding the evolution of a species thought to be among the earliest direct ancestors to hum