Human Evolution Research

Excavations at Site 15, Olorgesailie, Kenya

Smithsonian Human Origins Program & Field Research

The Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program conducts field and lab research on the evolution of early human adaptations. Our key research partners are in East Africa and East Asia – especially in Kenya, China, and Indonesia. Our digs and studies in these regions, along with investigations by associates working in Ethiopia, Tanzania, India, Mozambique, among other countries, help generate scientific data on the long-term interaction of human ancestors with their surroundings. Curiosity about human origins drives our research. The research supports our effort to bring the latest findings to public audiences worldwide.

Members of the Human Origins Program team describe how they use cutting-edge technology in their scientific investigations.