Yesterday, I got sent a video of paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged‘s talk at this year’s TED conference. Last year we all got introduced to Zeresenay Alemseged when he and colleagues published their report on Selam a.k.a. Dikika fossil. Selam is a 3.3 million year old Australopithecus afarensis child.Here’s some of the stuff I wrote about that fossil:
- Little ‘Lucy’ fossil found
- A critique of the juvenile Dikika fossil publication
- A faint whisper of reason on Dikika
In the TEDtalk, Zeresenay talks about looking for the roots of humanity in Ethiopia’s badlands, what he has found, and how Africa holds the clues to what makes us human. TED has a lot content on his talk, and why you should listen to him.