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Origin Stories

The Leakey Foundation
ScienceNatural SciencesSocial Sciences

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.


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Latest Episodes

In this episode, we explore the fascinating tale of the Hobbit, an unexpected fossil find that shook the world's understanding of human evolution. Join researcher Matt Tocheri as he shares how this tiny hominin revolutionized the human story and tran... more

8 days ago

Dr. Kira Westaway is part of an international research team working to solve the mystery of Gigantopithecus, the largest ape that ever walked the earth. In this episode, we explore how this massive primate lived, why it disappeared, and what it can t... more

2 months ago

How do human bodies use energy? In this episode, Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Herman Pontzer shares groundbreaking research that upends our understanding of metabolism, calories, and the history of our species. more

3 months ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 556 ratings
  • Wonderful

    Episode was so fascinating. Elaborating not just on the finding of a new hominid species, but our own place on among many. A story told with a sense of wonder.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom8 days ago
  • Fascinating & factual!

    Fascinating & excellent & factual.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States8 days ago
  • Amazing

    My new obsession!! So fascinating

    Apple Podcasts
    Dee bothell
    United Statesa month ago
  • Awesome keep them coming.

    Awesome keep them coming.

    Apple Podcasts
    Joey Bari
    United States2 months ago
  • Every Episode

    Every Episode is clear, full of relevant content and enjoyable to listen to. One of my favorites. I was glad to see them resume after Dr. Leakey’s passing ( rest in peace ).

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago

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