Human Evolution and Origins

What does it mean to be human? How did we become “human?” Arizona State University addresses these questions through the study of human origins and human evolution. Faculty and students at the nationally recognized School of Human Evolution and Social Change conduct research inspired by topics that address global challenges, such as humans’ role in environmental crises, understanding health challenges resistant to public health approaches and exploring urban-focused research.The school maintains field stations and laboratories in 11 nations.

Celebrating more than 40 years of discovery, ASU is home to the Institute of Human Origins, directed by Yohannes Haile-Selassie, one of the world’s foremost experts in paleoanthropology.  With renowned paleontologists Donald Johanson, Bill Kimbel and Curtis Marean, IHO is the leading research organization devoted to the science of human origins. It pursues a transdisciplinary strategy for field and analytical paleoanthropological research to fulfill its mission of integrating social, earth and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning how humans evolved over time.

Beyond is a pioneering center devoted to confronting the really big questions of science and philosophy.
The Center for Digital Antiquity is devoted to enhancing preservation of and access to the archaeological record.
The Mechanisms of Evolution Research Center seeks to decipher the general rules by which evolution proceeds in different phylogenetic lineages.
The Institute of Human Origins leads in organizations devoted to the science of human origins.
The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers flexible programs of study, hundreds of courses, and unequalled opportunities in student growth.
The ASU-managed facility at Teotihuacan provides a space for teams of students and researchers to study one of the largest cities in the ancient world.