Zeresenay Alemseged is an Ethiopian paleoanthropologist and was Chair of the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, United States. He recently joined the faculty of the University of Chicago. He is best known for his discovery, on December 10, 2000, of Selam, also referred to as "Lucy's child", the almost-complete fossilized remains of a 3.3 million year old child of the species Australopithecus afarensis. The "world's oldest child", she is the most complete skeleton of a human ancestor discovered to date. Selam represents a milestone in our understanding of human and pre-human evolution and contributes significantly to our understanding of the biology and childhood of early species in the human lineage; a subject about which we have very little information. Alemseged discovered Selam while working with the Dikika Research Project, a multi-national research project, which he both initiated in 1999 and leads.
|Born||June 04, 1969, Axum, Ethiopia|
|Institutions||California Academy of Sciences|
|Alma mater||Addis Ababa University|
Paleoanthropologist and Chair of the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences who is known for discovering "Lucy's child", which is the almost-complete fossilized remains of a 3.3 million year old child. His discovery was a watershed moment in our understanding of human and pre-human evolution.
He was initially a geologist and worked with the National Museum of Ethiopia’s Paleoanthropology Laboratory after graduating from Ethiopia's Addis Ababa University in 1990.
He founded the Dikika Research Project in 1999, an organization that contributed much to the study of paleoanthropology beyond the discovery of Selam.
His family was residing in Axum, Ethiopia, when he was born; one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.
His discovery of Selam, the world's oldest child, was seen as more proof in favor of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.
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- Pierre and Marie Curie University alumni
- Addis Ababa University alumni
Latest information about Zeresenay Alemseged updated on June 07 2021.