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The Geological Foundation for Human Evolution

2020 – 2022
Ethiopian landscape courtesy Zeray Alemseged
Ethiopian landscape courtesy Zeray Alemseged

Key Question

Project Summary

Deeper understanding of Ethiopian geology and geotectonic history will inform the research team’s interpretation of the ways the changing landscape shaped the evolution of our ancestors.

Research Team

Zeresenay Alemseged

Zeresenay Alemseged

Donald N. Pritzker Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy

University of Chicago

Zeresenay Alemseged is a leading discoverer and primary interpreter of new fossil evidence for the earliest phases of human evolution, with one of the most productive field-based research programs in paleoanthropology in the world. His research, encompassing vertebrate paleontology, human...

Mulugeta Alene Araya

Mulugeta Alene Araya

Associate Professor, College of Natural Sciences

Addis Ababa University

Mulugeta Alene Araya is an Associate Professor at AAU and adjunct Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University, where he was also Fulbright visiting scholar in 2011. Professor Araya was born and raised in Mekele, Tigrai, Ethiopia. For most of his academic and professional life he lived...

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