Committee for Research and Exploration Grantee yohannes.jpg Photograph courtesy Cleveland Museum of Natural History Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie is curator and head of Physical Anthropology at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History. His main area of research is Plio-Miocene mammalian evolution with a focus on the origin of the earliest hominids and evolutionary history of early Australopithecus. Haile-Selassie is principal investigator of an active fieldwork project in Ethiopia, the Woranso-Mille paleontological project. Scientists from Ethiopia, Europe, and various institutions in the United States collaborate on a variety of subdisciplines of geology and paleontology. His collaborative fieldwork is shedding new light on the relationships among the earliest Australopithecus species and evolution of numerous extinct and extant mammalian taxa. As a member of the Middle Awash project (1993-2007), Haile-Selassie has discovered some of the most important hominid fossils known to science. Among these are the holotype of the 2.5-million-year-old Australopithecus garhi, the first pieces of the 4.4-million-year-old Ardipithecus ramidus partial skeleton, nicknamed “Ardi,” and fossil remains of the 5.8-million-year-old Ardipithecus kadabba. He has recently co-edited a monograph on the latter species, which he named in 2001. Haile-Selassie is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and fellow of the Institute for the Science of Origins at Case Western Reserve University. He is also adjunct professor in the Departments of Anthropology, Anatomy, and Cognitive Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, and adjunct professor in the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences at the Cleveland State University, where he teaches human evolution courses at both institutions. He serves as a member of the Evolutionary Biology Advisory Committee at Case Western Reserve University in addition to serving as a reviewer for numerous scientific journals and granting agencies.
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