Archives for Ethiopia

05.30.17

3.3 Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals the Antiquity of the Human Spine

In the News, Journal Article
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. An international research team slowly chipped away at the sandstone surrounding Selam at the National Museums of Ethiopia to reveal something remarkable -- even though millions of years have passed, she's a lot like us.
12.15.16

Grantee Spotlight: Rachel Perlman

Grantee Spotlight
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)."
07.02.15

Grantee Spotlight: Halszka Glowacka

Grantee Spotlight
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 »
03.06.15

Fossil jaw sheds light on the early evolution of Homo

In the News
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 »