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Kimbel and Johanson featured in new PBS series Your Inner Fish 

¿Habla usted español? 

Video from Johanson visit to Atapuerca, Spain
(Spanish only, 1:09 min) 

Doctoral graduate lived in wild Tanzania for primate research

Recent Evolutionary Anthropology doctoral graduate Samantha Russak spent 12 months from 2010–2011 in the backcountry of western Tanzania investigating the community ecology of chimpanzees, near the village of Issa in the Ugalla region, by observing resource use by both the chimpanzees and their competitors. Read the full article >

Institute of Human Origins-affiliated students recognized for excellence

Featuring IHO-affiliated graduate students Kiersten Catlett, Suzanne Daly, and Simen Oestmo, and SHESC undergraduate Lawrence Fatica. Read more

Researchers discover rare fossil ape cranium in China

An international team of scientists, including IHO research affiliate Jay Kelley, has announced a new cranium of a fossil ape from Shuitangaba, a Miocene site in Yunnan Province, China. 

Read the press release on Eurekalert!

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ASU secures top funding in Earth sciences
ASU News

Chris Campisano, the scientific project manager for the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project, along with IHO resarcher Kaye Reed and Ramon Arrowsmith of the School of Earth and Space Exploration, will lead the drilling project in Hadar for one of five sites funded in part by a new $4.8 million NSF-FESD program grant.

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How many uncontacted tribes are left in the world?
New Scientist

Kim HIll is quoted on the impact of initial interactions between modern society and previously uncontacted isolated groups in South America.

Link to the story 

Drilling project underway in Africa 

A multinational research team, including Kaye Reed and Chris Campisano, is taking a look back in time to study the relationship between climate and human evolution. Like all living things, humans have adapted to their environments over time. So understanding changes in environmental conditions, such as climate, can help us understand why and how our distant ancestors evolved.

The journal Science recently published an overview of the project (click here; a subscription may be required to read the article). Earlier this year, ASU News highlighted this research in Research Matters

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Where does the Australopithecus sediba species falls on family tree? Commentary highlights Kimbel's and Johanson's analysis.

Three recent articles, written by or including commentary by IHO Director Bill Kimbel and Founding Director Don Johanson, take issue with published analysis of the fossil find at South Africa's Malapa site. Kimbel wrote for News & Views for Nature, and Science News and Evolution News both published articles featuring analysis by Kimbel and Johanson (links to Nature may required a subscription).

Ancient human ancestor's teeth reveal diverse diet

IHO Director William Kimbel and research associate Kaye Reed coauthored two of four related research articles in which scientists argue that hominins living 3.5 million years ago were the first human ancestors to show evidence of expanded preferences in their plant diet, setting the stage for our modern diet of grains, grasses, and meat and dairy from grazing animals. Read more