Tigrai Online Feb. 27, 2013
Zeresenay Alemseged PhD was born on June 4, 1969 in the historic city of Axum in Tigrai, Northern Ethiopia. He is young Ethiopian paleoanthropologist and Chair of the Anthropology Department at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, USA. He discovered Selam, on December 10, 2000, an 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. Alemseged discovered Selam while working with the Dikika Research Project (DRP), a multi-national research project, which he both initiated in 1999 and leads.
Zeresenay holds Ph.D. in paleoanthropology from Pierre and Marie Curie University; M.Sc. in evolution from the University of Montpellier II; B.Sc. in geology from Addis Ababa University.Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged speaks five languages.
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