46 episodes

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.

Origin Stories The Leakey Foundation

    • Natural Sciences

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.

    Episode 40: The Denisovans

    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 the Denisovans left behind could fit in the palm of your hand. Now new research is unlocking more of their secrets.

    • 31 min
    Episode 39: Piltdown Man

    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. 

    • 37 min
    Episode 38: From the Archive - Louis Leakey

    Episode 38: 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.

    • 31 min
    Episode 37: From the Archive - Mary Leakey

    Episode 37: From the Archive - Mary Leakey

    Mary Leakey was called the "grand dame" of archaeology. She was a methodical and exacting scientist who made some of the world's most significant archaeological discoveries. In this lecture from The Leakey Foundation archive, Mary Leakey tells the story of Olduvai Gorge, the place where she found fossils that completely changed our understanding of human origins.

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    • 46 min
    Episode 36: From the Archive - Tepilit Ole Saitoti

    Episode 36: From the Archive - Tepilit Ole Saitoti

    Tepilit Ole Saitoti was a Maasai warrior, author, and natural resources expert. In this lecture from The Leakey Foundation archive, Saitoti tells his life story, discusses Maasai culture, and explores the challenges faced by the Maasai people.

    • 56 min
    Episode 35: From the Archive - Raymond Dart

    Episode 35: From the Archive - Raymond Dart

    Raymond Dart was getting dressed for a wedding when he was given two boxes of rocks and fossils. Inside the boxes, he found the first fossil evidence of humanity’s African origins. This episode tells the story of the 1924 discovery of the Taung Child through a never-before-released lecture by Dr. Raymond Dart.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

mabelyene ,

Brilliant

Brilliant stuff. I just stumbled across this podcast whilst working in the mines in Australia. Although we only see petrified wood and some fossilised leaves, I can relate.

When are there going to be more episodes, I am hanging out for some.

Great work guys.

On How ,

Excellent.

Really interesting, informative and enthralling.

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