Because Man is not an animal like any other, it is necessary to arrest his specificities to understand him better. He is the result of an evolution, lasted for many years, which has shaped him into a single genus (Homo) and just one species (sapiens) and he saw the rise of all the rich diversity of its social structure and its cultural productions.
Prehistoric paintings of the cave of Lascaux to the construction of cathedrals, the man shows himself above all as a cultural and spiritual being who organizes his relationships to the other one for the survival of the group. Yesterday as today, the division of tasks and the management of natural resources had the same end : assure its subsistence and its sustainability.

The Institut de Paléontologie Humaine (I.P.H) is the oldest research foundation in the world dedicated entirely to the study of fossil man, his physical and cultural evolution, behavior and environment.

It is the work of three outstanding personalities : a learned and big sponsor, Prince Albert Ier of Monaco, and two scientists among the most eminent, Marcellin Boule and abbot Henri Breuil.

For almost a century, IPH had a great impact on the formation of French and foreign researchers, laying the foundations of international collaborations that have continued to strengthen.

At the head of a scientific structure network and in collaboration with organizations such as CEA and CEREGE, the Institute develops a multidisciplinary approach to restore the biological and cultural evolution of man in the Quaternary.

In search of older draw left by the prehistoric, it is above all on the ground that develops its action : in France (caves of Tautavel and the Lazaret, Mount Bego), in Africa (Ethiopia and Mauritania) and in Asia (India, China, South Korea).

Search at the Grotte de Tautavel

Everywhere, some dating back several million years remains (cut stone, bones of large mammals, human remains) were unearthed helping to answer fundamental questions.

The link between the past and the present is obvious, but it implies that society appropriates science. From this point of view, companies have a key role to play in supporting our work.

That is why I. P.H. invites you to participate directly in the discovery of heritage, to work for its development and its preservation for future generations and to support the transfer of scientific expertise to the emerging African and Asian countries, which is to say those where the potential to make breakthrough discoveries are strongest.

Together we can continue to explore the world in search of the oldest remnants of humanity to better understand the mechanisms that govern its morphological evolution and the complexity of human behavior.

For any question or proposal, please contact the Director of the Institute