Searching for Our Ancestors in the AfarDesert of Ethiopia: An Incessant Affair         Yohannes Haile-Selassie (Ph.D.)    ...
The Afar Rift                    http://www.people.eku.eduGeology.com
Badlands in the Afar Desert
Paleontological Sites in the Afar Rift
The Human Family Tree
The PioneersMaurice Taieb and Donald Johanson (1972-73)
The PioneersDonald Johanson, Tim White, & Marice Taieb (2006)
A.L. 129-1   A.L. 288-1 (“Lucy”)  (1973)           (1974)
Survey and Exploration (2002-4)– Started survey in the  North and Central Afar  Region of Ethiopia in  2002-2003– WORMIL w...
The Woranso-Mille study area                                                                                       ...
6,000 fossil specimensMore than 45 taxa150 hominin fossils
Getting to the Sites                          Photo: David Brill     Photo: David Brill
Survey and Exploration
Discovery
Photo: David Brill
Sifting for fragments
“Lucy”          “Kadanuumuu”            “Ardi”3.2 Million years   3.6 Million years   4.4 Million years
November 1994, Aramis Locality 6
“Ardi’s” Skeletal Elements
Recent discovery from the Woranso-          Mille Study Area
Keeping the Legacy
Thank you!             Photo courtesy: David Brill
TEDxCLE - Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - Searching for Our Ancestors in the Afar Desert of Ethiopia
TEDxCLE - Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - Searching for Our Ancestors in the Afar Desert of Ethiopia
TEDxCLE - Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - Searching for Our Ancestors in the Afar Desert of Ethiopia
TEDxCLE - Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - Searching for Our Ancestors in the Afar Desert of Ethiopia
TEDxCLE - Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - Searching for Our Ancestors in the Afar Desert of Ethiopia
TEDxCLE - Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie - Searching for Our Ancestors in the Afar Desert of Ethiopia
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Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie is the Curator and Head of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. He conducts research on early human evolution in Africa. His work centers on the Afar region of Ethiopia where he and his team survey large areas looking for fossil remains of early humans and other animals to better understand the paleobiology and paleoecology of these early humans and, ultimately, our origins. His research has been published in top scientific journals, including Nature, Science, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow at the Institute of the Science of Origins (Case Western Reserve University) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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  1. 1. Searching for Our Ancestors in the AfarDesert of Ethiopia: An Incessant Affair Yohannes Haile-Selassie (Ph.D.) Cleveland Museum of Natural History 1 Wade Oval Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106 & Case Western Reserve University 14900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
  2. 2. The Afar Rift http://www.people.eku.eduGeology.com
  3. 3. Badlands in the Afar Desert
  4. 4. Paleontological Sites in the Afar Rift
  5. 5. The Human Family Tree
  6. 6. The PioneersMaurice Taieb and Donald Johanson (1972-73)
  7. 7. The PioneersDonald Johanson, Tim White, & Marice Taieb (2006)
  8. 8. A.L. 129-1 A.L. 288-1 (“Lucy”) (1973) (1974)
  9. 9. Survey and Exploration (2002-4)– Started survey in the North and Central Afar Region of Ethiopia in 2002-2003– WORMIL was identified in 2004
  10. 10. The Woranso-Mille study area        
  11. 11. 6,000 fossil specimensMore than 45 taxa150 hominin fossils
  12. 12. Getting to the Sites Photo: David Brill Photo: David Brill
  13. 13. Survey and Exploration
  14. 14. Discovery
  15. 15. Photo: David Brill
  16. 16. Sifting for fragments
  17. 17. “Lucy” “Kadanuumuu” “Ardi”3.2 Million years 3.6 Million years 4.4 Million years
  18. 18. November 1994, Aramis Locality 6
  19. 19. “Ardi’s” Skeletal Elements
  20. 20. Recent discovery from the Woranso- Mille Study Area
  21. 21. Keeping the Legacy
  22. 22. Thank you! Photo courtesy: David Brill

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