Research Funding

External Grants Awarded (2005–2014)


One "leg" of the mission of the Institute of Human Origins is public outreach—so we welcome visits to the institute offices.

To arrange a tour, contact:

Julie Russ, Assistant Director
Communications + External Relations
Office 480.727.6571
Mobile 480.338.1733

Lucy's Story

lucy. image courtesy of iho.

Lucy was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray on November 24, 1974, at the site of Hadar in Ethiopia.

A History of Research and Discovery

IHO SkullmarkThe Institute of Human Origins is a research center in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University, with faculty embedded within ASU’s transdisciplinary School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Contact Us

Physical location

Social Sciences Blg Room 103
951 South Cady Mall
Tempe AZ 85287-4101
Phone 480.727.6580
Fax 480.727.6570

Mailing address

Institute of Human Origins
PO Box 874101
Tempe, AZ 85287-4101

Media inquires

Julie Russ, Assistant Director
Communications + External Relations
Office 480.727.6571

Give to the Institute of Human Origins

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The Institute of Human Origins communicates its research findings and significant news to the scientific and academic communities and general public through high-level scientific journals and books, mainstream media, and IHO newsletters and enews.


From its very beginnings as an organization, the Institute of Human Origins focused one "leg" of its mission toward public outreach. Its founding members believed that the scientists are the best interpreter of their research for the public. This is our human history, and we believe that sharing the story of how we "became human" with the public is as important as sharing the science. 


Our core strength lies in field and lab research on key questions and time periods in the emergence of humankind

The Institute of Human Origins is one of the world’s leading centers for research, education, and public outreach on the scientific mission to understand what it means to be human. Now in its fourth decade of research and discovery, the institute remains at the forefront of the creation of knowledge about our origins.

Director's Message

Our species, Homo sapiens, is an oddity among the life forms on this planet.