Origin Stories

This award-winning show combines science and narrative to explore our human story and explain why we are the way we are. Listen and explore human evolution one story at a time.

http://www.leakeyfoundation.org/originstories

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 28m. Bisher sind 65 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint alle 4 Wochen.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 7 hours 22 minutes

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episode 64: Top Human Origins Discoveries of 2021


2021 was a big year in science! Fossil discoveries introduced new relatives to our family tree, new findings added fascinating twists to the human story, and breakthroughs in research methods opened new worlds to explore. In this episode, five...


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 2021-12-21  31m
 
 

Biruté Mary Galdikas - 50 Years with Orangutans


As a young girl, Biruté Mary Galdikas dreamed of going to the forests of Southeast Asia to study the least-known of all the great apes, the elusive orangutan. People told her it would be impossible. But, in 1971, she traveled to Borneo and started...


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 2021-11-09  33m
 
 

episode 62: Entre Chien et Loup: How Dogs Began


Scientists agree that dogs evolved from wolves, but exactly how and when that happened is hotly contested. In this episode, Origin Stories contributor Neil Sandell examines the evolution of the relationship between dogs and humans, and explores the...


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 2021-10-05  54m
 
 

episode 61: Short and Sweat


Learn about the evolution of our extraordinary ability to cool ourselves down. Biological anthropologist Andrew Best discusses the past, present, and future of sweat in this special bonus episode.


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 2021-09-29  17m
 
 

episode 60: Monkeys Get Creative


Producer and scientist Kevin McLean travels to an island off the coast of Panama where researchers have found an isolated group of monkeys with a creative approach to surviving in a challenging environment.


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 2021-07-07  22m
 
 

episode 59: The Obstetrical Dilemma


The widely-held idea known as the “obstetrical dilemma” is a hypothesis that explains why babies are so helpless, and why childbirth is so difficult for humans compared to other animals.  The obstetrical dilemma suggests that babies are born...


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 2021-06-04  34m
 
 

episode 58: Sleep and the Moon


Sleep is one of the defining traits of human life. It's also one of the most mysterious. Dr. Horacio de la Iglesia is a neurobiologist who's on a quest to understand how patterns of human sleep evolved. His new research shows an unexpected connection...


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 2021-05-07  28m
 
 

episode 57: How to Study an Endangered Species


What is it like to study an endangered species like chimpanzees, knowing they may go extinct within your lifetime? Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Zarin Machanda is a co-director of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project, a long-term field study in Uganda. This...


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 2021-03-27  28m
 
 

episode 56: The Teeth Remember


Your life story is hidden in your teeth. The days, weeks, years, and stressful events of your life are recorded in tiny timelines that can be read by scientists like Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Tanya Smith. She and her colleagues used fossil teeth...


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 2021-03-02  20m
 
 

episode 55: Understanding Neanderthals


Early prehistorians had little more than stones and bones to work with as they tried to piece together the story of the Neanderthals, but today’s researchers work in ways that early prehistorians could never have imagined. Archaeologist and author...


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 2021-02-01  43m