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Alesi: The Life, Death, and Discovery of an Ancestor

Speaker(s): Isaiah Nengo

Chicago, IL

October 12 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Nyanzapithecus alesi © Fred Spoor

The recent discovery of a 13 million-year-old fossil infant ape skull has offered a rare glimpse of what the common ancestor of all living apes and humans may have looked like. The fossil, nicknamed “Alesi,” belongs to a newly named species called Nyanzapithecus alesi. Alesi was discovered in a desolate region of Kenya by John Ekusi, a member of Dr. Isaiah Nengo’s research team. In this talk, Dr. Nengo will share the story of finding this rare fossil and discuss the secrets that cutting-edge technology has uncovered about the life of this ancient infant.

Presented by The Leakey Foundation and the Chicago Council on Science and Technology

With generous support from:
Camilla and George Smith
Ann and Gordon Getty

 

 

 

Check out our Origin Stories podcast episode featuring Isaiah Nengo!

 

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The Leakey Foundation

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Walter Payton College Prep High School
1034 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610 United States
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Isaiah Nengo

Dr. Isaiah Nengo was born in Nairobi, Kenya. He is an associate director and research professor at the Turkana Basin Institute, Stony Brook University. He holds a BS in zoology and botany from the University of Nairobi and a PhD in biological anthropology from Harvard University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the National Museums of Kenya and the University of Nairobi in 2012/13. Dr. Nengo’s research focuses on the search for the ancestors of apes and humans in Africa. He is the recipient of five Leakey Foundation Research Grants.

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