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Donald Johanson

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Chicago-born paleoanthropologist who was simply area of the team that, in 1974, uncovered the “Lucy,” a hominid australopithecine fossil in Ethiopia. He also founded the Institute of Individual Roots in Berkeley, California in 1981. He examined at the School of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and afterwards received his Ph.D. in the School of Chicago. He trained at Case Traditional western Reserve School and Arizona Condition School, and founded the Institute of Individual Roots in Berkeley, California. He and fellow paleoanthropologists, Maurice Taieb and Yves Coppens, had been responsible for finding “Lucy,” which at that time was the oldest humanoid fossil. His fossil breakthrough was called “Lucy” following the well-known Beatles’ melody, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamond jewelry” (compiled by John Lennon).

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Full Name Donald Johanson
Date Of Birth June 28, 1943
Place Of Birth Illinois
Profession Scientist
Education University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Nationality American
Awards National Book Award for Science (Hardcover)
Star Sign Cancer

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dying Gaul2005/IMale Guest
Mirrors1985TV MovieAndrew
Slow Dancing in the Big City1978Dancer: The Dance Company

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