Celebrating decades of groundbreaking exploration in East Africa, renowned paleoanthropologists Donald Johanson and Richard Leakey will share the stage to discuss the overwhelming evidence for evolution in the hominid fossil record and why understanding our evolutionary history is so important. Known for such landmark discoveries as "Lucy" (Johanson) and "Turkana Boy" (Leakey), the work of these two scientists has produced much of the fossil evidence which forms our understanding of human evolution. Looking back over careers spanning 40-plus years, these men will share the stories behind their monumental finds and offer a look at what’s ahead in human evolutionary research. This historic event is made possible through a joint partnership of the American Museum of Natural History, the Arizona State University Institute of Human Origins, and the Turkana Basin Institute, headquartered in the U.S. at Stony Brook University. (rybie2)
Dr. Donald Johanson, founding director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University, poses with his discovery, the 3.2 million-year-old Lucy skeleton, part of the "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia" exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York, Wednesday June 24, 2009.
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