For the past 23 years, BecomingHuman.org has helped to enlighten and educate thousands of teachers, students, and the community of life-long learners about the science of how human life developed on Earth. Our mission is to provide a wide spectrum of information on discoveries in the field, the emergence of modern humans in Africa and subsequent migrations, human adaptation to a changeable planet, human uniqueness and cumulative culture, genetic inquiry, and what studying nonhuman primates helps us understand how our cooperative behaviors developed.

We are proud to partner with the scientific community of experts across the spectrum of human origins scientists affiliated with Arizona State University’s Institute of Human Origins to ensure the highest level of scientific understanding presented within this website.

Site History

BecomingHuman.org was created in 2000 with generous funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and won a “Webby” award in 2002 for science websites and mobile sites. In striving for the top technology and design, you are viewing the third version of the original website.

Sources of Support

BecomingHuman.org is financially and technically supported by members of the Institute of Human Origins Executive Board. We welcome your financial support to maintain and improve this website and to ensure that the science of human origins continues to be available to all those who seek an understanding of how we “became human.”

Donate here.

Get Involved

Are you an educator, a student of anthropology, or just interested in how we “became human?” We welcome your feedback about what you read on BecomingHuman.org. How can we improve the content to help teachers in the classroom, students studying paleoanthropology, or someone trying to have a deeper understanding of our origins? Join the Forum and ask a question or start a discussion!

Resources and Links

Share, Discuss, Question!