Donald Johanson

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Birthday
28, 1943
Birthplace
Illinois
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
28, 1943 (age 76)
Birthplace
Illinois

About

Chicago-born paleoanthropologist who was part of the team that, in 1974, discovered the "Lucy," a hominid australopithecine fossil in Ethiopia. He also founded the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California in 1981.

Before Fame

He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and later received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Trivia

He taught at Case Western Reserve University and Arizona State University, and founded the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California.

Family Life

He and fellow paleoanthropologists, Maurice Taieb and Yves Coppens, were responsible for discovering "Lucy," which at the time was the oldest humanoid fossil.

Associated With

His fossil discovery was named "Lucy" after the famous Beatles' song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (written by John Lennon).