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When he was in high school Donald Johanson was told by his guidance counselor to forget about going to college The only son of a widowed immigrant mother who worked as a cleaning lady Johanson had done so poorly on his SATs that the counselor did not believe he was capable of performing college-level work Now Dr Donald C Johanson is one of the worlds leading and Americas best known paleoanthropologists Ann OnlineHis dramatic discovery in 1974 of LUCY our oldest most complete human ancestor sparked a controversial change in our view of human origins The following year again at the famous site of Hadar Ethiopia Johansons team made the unprecedented discovery of the fossilized remains of some 13 individuals Believed to be the oldest evidence of human ancestors living in-groups the National Geographic Society dubbed the fossils the First Family Ann OnlineHe has dedicated 25 years to exploring discovering and studying some of the most significant fossil finds ever made in the search of human origins His field research has taken him to Tanzania Yemen Saudi Arabia Ethiopia Egypt and Jordan ShabbirDr Johansons official announcement of Lucy and the First Family in 1978 as the oldest and most primitive species in our ancestry was an event that captured headlines catapulted a young relatively unknown American paleoanthropologist into international acclaim and created a spirited ongoing controversy among experts world wide Known in scientific circles by the tongue-twisting scientific name of Australopithecus afarensis Lucy has become a household name and an ancestral ambassador to our intriguing and enigmatic beginnings Ann OnlineWidely acclaimed as a public speaker Dr Johanson provides entertaining and knowledgeable firsthand accounts of his discoveries In captivating and well-illustrated presentations he shares with his audiences the excitement of a new kind of paleoanthropology which has emerged over the last few years He has spent his entire career looking for clues to questions which have puzzled scientists since Darwin What made us human When and
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