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Donald Johanson

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Birthday ***, 1943
Place of Birth Illinois
Age 77 years old
Zodiac Sign Cancer
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Donald Johanson

Donald Carl Johanson is an American paleoanthropologist. He is known for discovering – with Yves Coppens and Maurice Taieb – the fossil of a female hominin australopithecine known as "Lucy" in the Afar Triangle region of Hadar, Ethiopia.

Born Donald Carl Johanson, June 28, 1943, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Fields Paleoanthropology
Institutions Arizona State University
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, University of Chicago
Known for Discovery of a new hominid, Australopithecus afarensis ("Lucy")

About Donald Johanson

Chicago-born paleoanthropologist who was part of the team that, in 1974, discovered the "Lucy," a hominid australopithecine fossil in Ethiopia. He also founded the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California in 1981.

Donald Johanson before fame

He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and later received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Achievement of Donald Johanson

He taught at Case Western Reserve University and Arizona State University, and founded the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California.

Donald Johanson family life

He and fellow paleoanthropologists, Maurice Taieb and Yves Coppens, were responsible for discovering "Lucy," which at the time was the oldest humanoid fossil.

Associations of Donald Johanson

His fossil discovery was named "Lucy" after the famous Beatles' song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (written by John Lennon).

Top Facts You Did Not Know About Donald Johanson

  • Australopithecus afarensis - Australopithecus afarensis is an extinct species of australopithecine which lived from about 3.9–2.9 million years ago in the Pliocene of East Africa. The first fossils were discovered in the 1930s, but major fossil finds would not take place until the 1970s.
  • Dawn of Humanity (2015 PBS film) - Dawn of Humanity is a 2015 American documentary film that was released online on September 10, 2015, and aired nationwide in the United States on September 16, 2015. The PBS NOVA National Geographic film, in one episode of two hours, was directed and produced by Graham Townsley.
  • Multi-regional origin - The multiregional hypothesis, multiregional evolution, or polycentric hypothesis is a scientific model that provides an alternative explanation to the more widely accepted "Out of Africa" model of monogenesis for the pattern of human evolution.
  • Single-origin hypothesis - In paleoanthropology, the recent African origin of modern humans, also called the "Out of Africa" theory, recent single-origin hypothesis, replacement hypothesis, or recent African origin model, is the dominant model of the geographic origin and early migration of anatomically modern humans.
  • Paleoanthropologists
  • American anthropology writers
  • Anthropology educators
  • Human evolution theorists
  • Arizona State University faculty
  • National Book Award winners

Latest information about Donald Johanson updated on June 07 2021.

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