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Donald C. Johanson
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1974
Professor and Director, Institute of Human Origins

SHESC Themes:Culture, Heritage and Identity; Global Dynamics and Regional Interactions; Biological, Social and Cultural Dimensions of Human Health

Field specializations: paleoanthropology, physical anthropology

Regional focus: Africa: East, Africa: North, Near East


About Research
Johanson is Director of the Institute of Human Origins. For the past 30 years he has conducted field and laboratory research in paleoanthropology. Most notably, he discovered the 3.18 million year old hominid skeleton popularly known as "Lucy." Through grants from the National Science Foundation, the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, and the National Geographic Society, Johanson has carried out field research in Ethiopia, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Tanzania. He is an Honorary Board Member of the Explorers Club, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a member of many other professional organizations, and recipient of several international prizes and awards. In 1975, Dr. Johanson was appointed curator of physical anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and, beginning in 1976, developed a laboratory of physical anthropology that attracted scholars from all over the world.

He has written, among other books, the widely read Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind (with Maitland Edey), 1991, and numerous scientific and popular articles. In 1994, he co-wrote Ancestors: In Search of Human Origins and narrated a companion NOVA television series seen by more than 100 million worldwide. Most recently, he published From Lucy to Language (with Blake Edgar, principal photography by David Brill), 1996. Johanson is a frequent lecturer at university, and other forums in the United States and abroad.

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Select Publications
Kimbel, W.H., D.C. Johanson and Y.Rak (1997)
Systematic Assessment of a Maxilla of Homo from Hadar, Ethiopia. Am. J. of Phys. Anthrop., 103:235:262.

Kimbel, WH, DC Johanson and Y Rak (1997)
Late Pliocene Homo from Hadar, Ethiopia. Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., Supp. 24:143.

Rak, Y, WH Kimbel and DC Johanson (1997)
Insights from the new faces of Australopithecus afarensis. Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., Supp. 24:192.

Ward, CV, MS Drapeau, WH Kimbel and DC Johanson (1998)
New postcranial fossils of A. afarensis from Hadar, Ethiopia. Am J. Phys. Anthrop., Supplement 26: 225-226.

Lockwood, C.A., W.H. Kimbel, W.H., and D.C. Johanson
Variation and temporal trends in the mandible and dentition of Australopithecus afarensis. Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., Supplement 28: 185.

Johanson, D.C. (1997)
Le australopiecine, testimonianze dall'Africa orientale. IN: ECCE HOMO, eds. D. C. Johanson and G. Ligabue, pp 74-99.

Lockwood, C.A., W.H. Kimbel, W.H., and D.C. Johanson (1998)
Temporal trends and metric variation in the mandibles and dentition of Australopithecus afraensis. J. Human Evolution, 39: 23-56.

Hovers, E., Schollmeyer, K., Goldman, T, Eck, G., Reed, K, Johanson, D., and Kimbel, W. (1999)
Late Pliocene archaeological sites in Hadar, Ethiopia. J. Human Evol. 42(3): A17.

Ward, C.V., C.A. Lockwood, W.H. Kimbel, M.G. Leakey, D.C. Johanson, and Y. Rak. (2003)
Australopithecus anamensis ancestral to A. afarensis? Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., Supplement 36: 219.

Kimbel, W.H., Rak Y., and D. C. Johanson. (2000)
A new hominin skull from Hadar: Implications for cranial sexual dimorphism in Australopithecus afarensis. Am. J. Phys. Anthrop., Supplement 36: 129.

Johanson, D. C.
In press Lucy, Thirty Years Later: An Expanded view of Australopithecus afarensis. J. of Anthropological Res.

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