Donald Johanson - age: 78

Donald Johanson

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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.He taught at Case Western Reserve University and Arizona State University, and founded the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California.His fossil discovery was named "Lucy" after the famous Beatles' song, "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (written by John Lennon).

BEFORE FAME

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

PERSONAL LIFE

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

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Scientist Donald Johanson were born on Monday, birthstone is Pearl, the seaon was Summer in the Chinese year of Goat, it is 176 days until Donald Johanson next birthday.

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