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An Update on the Status of Australopithecus afarensis

Speaker(s): Zeray Alemseged

Atlanta, GA 30322

April 12, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


The Emory Anthropology Colloquium Series presents The First Annual American Association for Physical Anthropologists Outreach Lecture.

Dr. Zeray Alemseged will discuss recent advances regarding our knowledge of the species Australopithecus afarensis. Based on data coming from the field and new imaging techniques, he will shed some light on aspects of locomotor adaptation and behavioral repertoire of this pivotal species in human evolution.


April 12, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Emory University, Goodrich C. White Hall, Room 208
301 Dowman Dr.
Atlanta, GA 30322, United States
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Zeray Alemseged

Zeray Alemseged is Irvine Chair and Senior Curator of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences. His research focuses on the evolution of the earliest human ancestors, and the environmental and ecological factors affecting their evolutionary processes. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature, Sciences, PNAS, the Journal of Human Evolution and the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and his research has been featured in many high profile media including, CNN, NOVA-PBS, BBC, TED. Zeray is a founder and director of the Dikika Research Project and is most well known for his discovery of Selam, the almost complete skeleton of a three-year-old Australopithecus afarensis, often referred to as “the world’s oldest child”.