Origin Stories

What makes us human? How are we different from chimpanzees? Who are our earliest ancestors and how do we know? Origin Stories is The Leakey Foundation’s podcast about how we became human. 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 25m. Bisher sind 53 Folge(n) erschienen.
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Skin


Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Nina Jablonski explains the evolution of human skin color and discusses some of the ways that harmful color-based race concepts have influenced societies and impacted social well-being.


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   1h7m
 
 

Interview with María Martinón-Torres


September 30 is International Podcast Day and on this episode, we’re handing things over to producer Lucía Benavides, who sat down with Leakey Foundation grantee María Martinón-Torres for an interview about her life and career. This bonus episode...


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 2020-09-30  9m
 
 

episode 50: Detective of the Dead


Atapuerca is a place that holds the mystery of human evolution in Europe from 1.2 million years ago through recent times. You can find, in one place, the oldest human in Europe, the first murder in the archaeological record, and fossils that tell a...


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 2020-08-30  40m
 
 

Episode 44: Keeper of the Ancestors


What is it like to be responsible for the safekeeping of the ancestors of everyone in the world? In this episode, we travel to the National Museum of Ethiopia to see our most famous fossil relative – Lucy, and meet Yared Assefa, the person who takes...


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 2020-08-01  33m
 
 

Episode 43: We Eat Bugs


Have you ever considered how profoundly food has shaped who we are as a species? Julie Lesnik is a paleoanthropolgist who studies the evolution of the human diet. Her special focus is on insects as food in the past, present, and the future. ...


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 2020-05-29  28m
 
 

episode 42: Episode 42: The Cave Punan


Deep in the forests of Borneo, lives a society of hunter-gatherers who speak a language never before shared with outsiders. Until now. The Cave Punan are the last surviving hunter-gatherers in Indonesia and they have reached out for help to save their...


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 2020-04-08  34m
 
 

episode 41: Episode 41: Tribes Old and New


What happens when bows and arrows and face-to-face conversations are replaced by high powered weapons and cell phones practically overnight? Dr. Polly Weissner is an anthropologist who has studied the Enga of Papua New Guinea for 30 years and her...


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 2020-02-29  22m
 
 

episode 40: Episode 40: The Denisovans


A mysterious new human relative was discovered ten years ago from a pinky bone found in a Siberian cave. They're called the Denisovans, and people around the world carry their DNA today. Until just a few months ago, the sum total of all the fossils...


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 2019-11-29  31m
 
 

episode 39: Episode 39: Piltdown Man


In this episode, we explore the story of Piltdown Man – one of the most notorious hoaxes in the history of science. 


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 2019-10-31  37m
 
 

From the Archive - Louis Leakey


In the final installment of our "From the Archive" series, Kenyan paleoanthropologist Louis S.B. Leakey shares the story of his life and work in a never-before-released interview recorded in 1969.


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 2019-08-07  32m