EDUCATION: The Human Story

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Science  12 Oct 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5541, pp. 271
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5541.271a

For three generations, members of the famous Leakey family have been uncovering one spectacular hominid fossil after another in the badlands of East Africa. While highlighting its own work sponsoring research, the San Francisco-based Leakey Foundation has also put together some helpful general resources on anthropology, archaeology, and primatology. The newly revamped site's premier feature is the interactive timeline that covers discoveries in human origins stretching back to 1847. You can also search the illustrated glossary, peruse brief biographies of Louis, Mary, Richard, and other Leakeys, or submit a question for an expert.

Another attraction is the audio clips of eminent researchers discussing their work. Hear the late Dian Fossey describe her first encounters with mountain gorillas, for example, or venture with Donald Johanson into the Afar region of Ethiopia, where in 1974 he unearthed the diminutive hominid known as Lucy.

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