NPR logo

Louise Leakey: Where Did Human Beings Originate?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/358148127/358380534" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Louise Leakey: Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Louise Leakey: Where Did Human Beings Originate?

Louise Leakey: Where Did Human Beings Originate?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/358148127/358380534" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

More From This Episode

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode How It All Began.

About Louise Leakey's TED Talk

Louise Leakey describes her family's long search for early human remains in Africa, and how unlocking that mystery is the key to understanding our past and our future.

About Louise Leakey

Louise Leakey is the third generation of scientists to dig for early human remains in East Africa — where her father discovered the "Turkana Boy" fossil and where her grandparents discovered the bones of Homo habilis.

In 1959, her grandfather proved that humans originated in Africa. And since then, Leakey family findings have continued to rewrite humanity's evolutionary timeline. Their finds even suggest that different species of early humans lived side-by-side.