For more than 3 million years, Selam lay silent and still. Eager to tell her story, the almost perfect fossil skeleton of a 2 1/2 year-old toddler was discovered at Dikika, Ethiopia -- and she had a lot to say.
Rachel Perlman is a PhD candidate from Stony Brook University. She was awarded a Leakey Foundation research grant during our spring 2016 cycle for her project entitled "The energetics of male reproductive strategies in geladas (Theropithecus gelada)."
Halszka Glowacka is a PhD candidate at Arizona State University. She was awarded a grant during our spring 2015 cycle for her project entitled “Biomechanical constraints on molar emergence in primates.”
Halszka Glowacka in Hadar, Ethiopia
Human life history is unique among living primates. Humans grow slowly and have long lifespans coupled with short inter-birth intervals, resulting… more »
A new relative joins “Lucy” on the human family tree. An international team of scientists led by seven-time Leakey Foundation grantee Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has discovered a 3.3 to 3.5 million-year-old new hominin species (more closely related to humans than to chimps). Upper and lower jaw fossils recovered from the Woranso-Mille area… more »
A close up view of the fossil just steps from where it was discovered by Chalachew Seyoum. Photo by Brian Villmoare.
A fossil lower jaw found in the Afar Region of Ethiopia pushes back evidence for the human genus Homo to 2.8 million years ago. The jaw with five teeth was found by Chalachew Seyoum, a Baldwin Fellow and Arizona State University paleoanthropology graduate student from… more »