People/Characters: Robert Broom

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Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life by Martin Meredith
Continent of Curiosities: A Journey Through Australian Natural History by Danielle Clode
Darwin: Norton Critical Edition by Philip Appleman
The Fossil Trail: How We Know What We Think We Know About Human Evolution by Ian Tattersall
Lucy by Donald C. Johanson

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Professor Robert Broom (30 November 1866, Paisley – 6 April 1951) was a South African doctor and paleontologist. He qualified as a medical practitioner in 1895 and received his DSc in 1905 from the University of Glasgow. In 1893 he married Mary Baird Baillie.

From 1903 to 1910 he was professor of zoology and geology at Victoria College, Stellenbosch, South Africa, and subsequently he became keeper of vertebrate paleontology at the South African Museum, Cape Town.

In the following years, he and John T. Robinson made a series of spectacular finds, including fragments from six hominids in Sterkfontein, which they named Plesianthropus transvaalensis, popularly called Mrs. Ples, but which was later classified as an adult Australopithecus africanus, as well as more discoveries at sites in Kromdraai and Swartkrans. In 1937, Broom made his most famous discovery of Paranthropus robustus. These discoveries helped support Dart's claims for the Taung species.

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