Zeresenay (Zeray) Alemseged

  • Irvine Chair and Senior Curator
  • Anthropology
  • PhD

My research program focuses on the discovery and interpretation of hominid fossil remains and their environments with emphasis on fieldwork designed to acquire new data on early hominid skeletal biology, environmental context, and behavior. Specifically, I am currently working in the following areas:

 

  • Description of new hominin and non-human primates
  • Growth and development in early hominins
  • Application of new techniques, such as CT analysis to investigate internal and external structures of hominin fossils
  • Analysis of environmental and ecological factors affecting primate and human evolutionary processes 

 

In order to support this with new data, I initiated the Dikika Research Project (DRP) in 1999, which is undertaking multidisciplinary field research on sediments that span in age from over 3.8 Ma to less 500,000, and is addressing some of the major questions in paleoanthropology. The Pliocene site of Dikika promises to increase our knowledge of the diversity of hominins prior to the time period represented by the oldest sediments at Hadar and other east African sites, and subsequent to the radiation of hominin species after the split from the great apes. The sediments from Asbole, on the other hand, represent a time period poorly known in the region: the Middle Pleistocene. Thus the area has potential to increase our understanding of the patterns of transition from H. erectus (H. heidelbergensis) to H. sapiens.

Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged

 

Current Position
Irivine Chair and Senior Curator of Anthropology
Chair, Department of Vertebrate Zoology and Anthropology
California Academy of Sciences                                                             
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
zeray@calacademy.org

http://www.calacademy.org

 

Positions Held

2004 - 2008     Senior Researcher, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2000 - 2003     Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Human Origins, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

1998 - 2000     Research Associate, French Center for Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1991 - 1993     Junior Geologist, Paleoanthropology Laboratory, National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Educational Background

1998    Ph.D., Laboratory of Paleontology, University of Paris VI and the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France “A. aethiopicus - A. boisei transition and paleoenvironmental changes in the Omo Ethiopia”.

1994    M.Sc., Paleontology, Institute of Evolutionary Sciences, University of Montpellier II, France

1993    French Language Diploma, Cavilam de Vichy International Language School,

            Vichy, France

1990    B.Sc., Geology, Department of Geology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

 

Languages and Computers

English, French, Amharic, Tigrigna, Basic Oromifa, and Basic German

Good knowledge of commonly used software

 

Scholarships and Other Professional Activities and Recognitions

Current:           Panel reviewer for Wenner Grent Foundation

Ongoing          Occasional referee for National Science Foundation, the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Annales d’Ethiopie, Nature

2004 – 2008    Associate editor of Journal of Human Evolution

2007                Founder (with Dr. Emma Mbua) of the East African Association for Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (EAAPP).

2004                Identified as emerging explorer by National Geographic Society

1993-1998       Full scholarship, Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires, Paris, France

 

Major Fieldwork Experience

1999 – present    Director, Dikika Research Project (DRP), Afar, Ethiopia.

1996-1997          Co-Director, Chorora Paleontological Mission, Ethiopia

1994 and 1999   Member, The site of Hadar in the Afar Ethiopia, a multidisciplinary project led by D.C. Johanson and W.H. Kimbel, 1994 and 1999.

1999                   The site of Fejej in south-western Ethiopia, a multidisciplinary project led by H. de Lumley 1999.

1999                   Archaeological sites of Melka Kunture and Tiya, Ethiopia, a multidisciplinary project led by Yonas Beyene, 1999.

 

Selected Research Grants

2011                East African Association For Paleoanthropology and Paleontology Third Conference, Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST)

2011                Biogeochemical study of the australopithecine diet, National Science Foundation

2011                East African Association For Paleoanthropology and Paleontology Third Conference, The Wenner Gren Foundation

2010                The Leakey Foundation

2010                National Science Foundation

2010                The Wenner Gren Foundation

2009                Paleontological Field Research at Dikika, Ethiopia, National Science Foundation

2009                East African Association For Paleoanthropology and Paleontology Second Conference, Wenner-Gren Foundation

2008                East African Association For Paleoanthropology and Paleontology Second Conference, Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST)

2004 – 2008    Paleoanthroplogical Field and Laboratory Research in Africa, Max Planck Society

2003                Laboratory analysis of hominin remains from Dikika, Ethiopia, National Geographic Society

2002                Fieldwork at the Dikika site of Ethiopia, National Geographic Society

2001                Exploring Plio-Pleistocene sites in the Afar Ethiopia, The L.S.B. Leakey Foundation.

2001                Laboratory preparation and analysis hominin remains from the Dikika site of Ethiopia, National Geographic Society

2000                Fieldwork at Dikika and Asbole site of Ethiopia, Institute of Human Origins

2000 – 2001    Fieldwork at Dikika and Asbole site of Ethiopia, CFEE.

1999                Updating the status of paleoanthroplogical archives in Ethiopia, CFEE.

1998                Description and analysis of hominin cranium from Omo, Ethiopia, Collège de France

 

Major Ongoing Laboratory Research Projects

Description and analysis of new hominid fossils from the Dikika area of the Afar, Ethiopia

Description and analysis of new primate fossils from Asbole of the Afar, Ethiopia

CT scan image analysis of DIK-1-1 and other hominin fossils

Environment and Human Evolution – qualitative, quantitative and comparative approaches

 

Major Ongoing Field Research Projects

Fieldwork in the Pliocene paleoanthropological site of Dikika, in Afar, Ethiopia

Fieldwork in the Pleistocene archaeological and paleontological site of Asbole in Afar, Ethiopia

 

Teaching and Advisement

2011                   Lecturer, Advanced Human Evolution, Department of Earth Sciences, Addis Ababa University

2011                   Advisor, SSI Program Intern, Kate Corbin, Vertebrate Zoology and Anthropology Department

2010 – present    M.Sc. thesis supervision, Enquye Wondimu, Addis Ababa University

2010                   Advisor, SSI Program Intern, Natalie Porter, Anthropology Department, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA

2007                   Lecturer, Human Evolution, Department of Earth Sciences, Addis Ababa University; Graduate Students Supervised and other Committee Work with Students

2007 – present    M.Sc. thesis supervision, Chalachew Mesfin, Addis Ababa University

2006 – 2010       PhD committee member, Zelalem K. Bedaso, University of South Floida, Tampa

2005 – 2008       Coordinator and Lecturer, Paleoanthroplogy, International Max Planck Research School within the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (http://www.leipzig-school.eva.mpg.de)

2002 – present    Member, Honors thesis committee, Catherine Haradon, Arizona State University

 

Selected Research Visits

2011                   National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Research Workshop on Selam

2009                   Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Department of Physical Anthropology, Cleveland, OH, USA

2008                   American Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleontology, New York, NY, USA

2008                   Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA

2003                   Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, University College, London, UK,

2002                   Powell Cotton Museum, Birchington, UK

2002                   National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

2000 and 2002   Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA

2000                   American Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleontology, New York, NY, USA

1999                   Transval Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

1995 – present    National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 

Selected Professional Collaborations

Prof. William Kimbel, Institute of Human Origins and Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, USA

Dr. Denis Geraads, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

Dr. Jonathan Wynn, Department of Geology, University of South Florida, USA

Dr. Rene Bobe, Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, USA

Dr. Denne Reed, Department of Anthropology, the University of Texas, USA

Dr. Kay Behrensmeyer, Smithsonian Institution, USA

Dr. Fred Spoor, University College London, UK

Max Planck Institute, Germany

National Museum of Ethiopia, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

National Museums of Kenya

 

Affiliations and Memberships

Max Planck Institute, Germany

Paleanthoropology Society

American Association of Physical Anthropology

East African Association for Paleoantology and Paleoanthropology

 

Invited Lectures

2011    University of South Florida, Tampa (8 April)

2011    Keynote Speaker at ITB Berlin, Germany (9 March)

2010    Guest of Honor at the Agere Awards Ceremony, Atlanta, Georgia (17 October)

2010    The Leakey Foundation, San Francisco, CA (15 October)

2010    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2010    University of California, Berkeley (12 October)

2010    College de France, Paris (25 March)

2010    Mekelle University, Ethiopia (13 April)

2009    Major Issues in Modern Biology lecture series, University of California-Davis, California (12 May, “Early hominin evolution: learning from an old child”)

2008    The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, USA (1 May)            

2008    The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, USA (12 April)

2008    The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden (5 March)

2007    TED Global, Arusha, Tanzania (4 June)

2007    The Smithsonian Institution / The Leakey Foundation, Washington, DC, USA (30 May)

2007    The Science Museum of the "la Caixa” Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (8 May)

2007    Dresdner Freundeskreis Athiopien e.V., Dresden, Germany (21 April)

2007    School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA (5 April)

2007    Residence of the Ambassador, US Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (5 February)

2007    Goethe Institute and the German Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (24 January)

2007    Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (9 January)

2003    Geology Department, Addis Ababa University

2001    Geology Department, University of Arizona

1999    Biology Department, Addis Ababa University

 

Other Lectures

2010    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, USA

            Guest Services, Academy Insides (1 October)

            Board of Trustees, Research Division Open House (29 September)

            Research Division, Seminar Series, (Ongoing)

2009    Ethiopian Archaeologist’s Association, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (25 August) Selam’s place in Human Evolution

2009    California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA, USA

            Docent Course, Hidden Treasures (21-23 September) Update on human evolution timeline and new discoveries

            Eastwood Associates (14 April) California Academy of Sciences and the role of Anthropology

            Pritzker Lecture Series (14 April) Discovering and interpreting hominin fossil remains

            Board of Trustees (25 March) New Fossil Discoveries in Ethiopia

 

Public Outreach

2008    Argo Community High School, Chicago, USA

2007    Wakefield High School, Virginia, USA

2008    Stavanger Ethiopian Community, Stavanger, Norway

 

Online Links

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2YMfzhm8ao

http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/168

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5364630.stm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMpbnIHUNUk

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeresenay_Alemseged

http://lifeboat.com/ex/bios.zeresenay.zeray.alemseged

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9YE1qH_3QU

 

Symposia

2009:   Z. Alemseged (panel speaker), “Africa: Past and Present”.  Third Annual Explorers Symposium, National Geographic, Washington, DC (11 June) 

2009:   Z. Alemseged (Speaker), “Growth and development in the early hominin fossil record”.  Evolution: California Academy of Sciences and UCSF, San Francisco, CA, USA (17 April)

2003:  R. Bobe, Z. Alemseged and K. Behrensmeyer (Chairs and Organizers), Hominid Environments and Paleoecology in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence, Tempe, AZ, USA

 

Conferences

2011:   Lead Organizer: East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology. 3rd EAAPP Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (August 8-12)

2009:   OrganizerEast African Association for Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology Past, Present and Future. 2nd EAAPP Conference, Arusha, Tanzania (August 16-21)

2007:   Organizer, East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology 1st EAAPP Conference, Nairobi, Kenya (June 18-20)

 

Workshops

2011:   Lead orgnizer: Research workshop on Selam at the National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

2004:   A.K. Behrensmeyer, R. Bobe, Z. Alemseged (Chairs and Organizers), Workshop on Faunal Evidence for Hominin Paleoecology in East Africa, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

 

Books

2007:  Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.). Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, Springer, Dordrecht.  http://www.springer.com/west/home/life+sci/zoology?SGWID=4-10039-22-1235...

 

Book Chapters

In press: Alemseged, Z. Early hominin synthesis. In: Cambridge Prehistory.

In press: Alemseged, Z. Australopithecus in Ethiopia. In: Australopithecus. Springer, Dordrecht, pp

2009:   Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Diet in early hominin species: a paleoenvironmental perspective. In: Hublin, J.J., Richards, M.P. (Eds.), The Evolution of   Hominid Diets:Integrating Approaches to the Study of Palaeolithic Subsistence. Springer Science + Business Media B.V., pp. 179–186.

2008:   Wynn, J. G., Roman, D.C., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Munro, S. Stratigraphy, depositional environments and basin structure of the Hadar and Busidima Formations at Dikika, Ethiopia. In: Quade, J., Wynn, J.G. (Eds.), The Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper   446, p. 1–32,

2007:  Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D. Comparability of fossil data and its significance for the interpretation of hominin environments: a case study in the lower Omo valley, Ethiopia. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 159-181.

2007:   Behrensmeyer, K., Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z. Approaches to the analysis of faunal change during the East African Pliocene. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1-24.

2007:   Behrensmeyer, K., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Finale and future: Investigating faunal evidence for hominin paleoecology in East Africa. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 333-345.

 

Peer Reviewed Articles

In press:Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Dietary and paleoenvironmental      reconstruction using stable isotope analysis of herbivores’ tooth enamel from the     Pliocene locality of Dikika, Ethiopia: implication for A. afarensis habitat and food resource. J. Hum. Evol.

In press:Thompson, J.C., Lansing, S.W., Marean, C.W., McPherron, S., Alemseged, Z. Experimental definition of bone surface signatures from natural unmodified stones and implications for early hominin subsistence. J. Hum. Evol.

2011:   McPherron, S.P., Alemseged, Z,, Marean, C.W., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H.A.Tool-marked bones prior to the Oldowan change the paradigm. PNAS 108:E116.

2011:   Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Enhydriodon dikikae sp. nov. (Carnivora: Mammalia), a giant otter from the Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 31:447-453.

2010:   McPherron, S., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H. Evidence for stone tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues prior to 3.39 Ma at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 466:857-860.

2010:   Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Asbole fauna (Busidima Formation, Afar, Ethiopia) using stable isotopes. Geobios 43:165-177.

2010:   Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Nyctereutes lockwoodi sp., a new canid (Carnivora: Mammalia) from the Middle Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 30:981-987.

2009:   Njau, J.,Mbua, E. Alemseged, Z., Pobiner, B. Second Conference of the East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology: Fifty Years After Discovery of Zinjanthropus. Evol. Anthropol. 18:235-236.

2008:   Mbua, E., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. A New Association for East African Paleoanthropology and Paleontology. Evol. Anthropol. 17, 123-124.

2007:   Frost, S.R., Alemseged, Z. Middle Pleistocene fossil Cercopithecidae from Asbole, Afar Region, Ethiopia. J. Hum. Evol. 53:227-259.

2006:   Alemseged, Z., Spoor, F., Kimbel, W.H., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Wynn, J.G. A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:296-301.

2006:   Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Roman, D.C.Geological and palaeontological context of a Pliocene juvenile hominin at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:332-336.

 

Related

http://www.nature.com/news/2010/100811/full/news.2010.399.html

 

http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/hominiddevelopment/index.html#podcast

 

http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/hominiddevelopment/video/index.html

 

http://www.nature.com/nature/podcast/v443/n7109/nature-2006-09-21.mp3

 

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7109/pdf/7109xiiia.pdf

 

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v443/n7109/pdf/443278a.pdf

 

http://www.nature.com/news/2006/060918/full/060918-5.html

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/313/5794/1716.pdf

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6110009&sc=emaf

 

http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?title=lucy_s_baby_found_in_ethiopia&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

 

http://www.nazret.com/radio/lucy_bbc_092006.php

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5363328.stm

 

2005:   Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J.G., Kimbel, W.H., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R. First hominin from the Basal Member of the Hadar Formation, Dikika, Ethiopia and its geological context. J. Hum. Evol. 49:499-514.

2004:   de Lumley, H., Bahain, J.-J. Beyene, Y., Marchal, F., Alemseged, Z.. Les Formation Plio-Pleistocenes du bassin de l’Omo-Turkana. In: Les sites Prehistoriques de la region de Fejej, sud-Omo, Ethiopie, dans leurs contexte stratigraphique et paleontologique.  De Lumley, H., Beyene, Y. (Eds.). Éditions Recherche sur les Civilizations, Paris, pp. 81-107.

2004:   Echassoux, A., Moulle, P.E., Desclaux, E., Alemseged, Z. Les faunes Plio-Pleistocene du site de Fejej FJ-1. In: Les sites Prehistoriques de la region de Fejej, sud-Omo, Ethiopie, dans leurs contexte stratigraphique et paleontologique. De Lumley, H.,  Beyene, Y. (Eds.). Éditions Recherche sur les civilizations, Paris, pp. 203-340.

2004:   Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Wynn, J. The Pleistocene fauna (other than Primates) from Asbole, lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia, and its environmental and   biochronological implications. Geobios 37:697-718.

2003:   Alemseged, Z. An integrated approach to taphonomy and faunal change in the Shungura Formation (Ethiopia) and its implication for hominid evolution. J. Hum. Evol. 44:1-28.

2002:   Alemseged, Z., Coppens, Y., Geraads, D. A hominid cranium from Omo description and taxonomy of Omo-323-1976-896. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 117:103-112.

2002:   Geraads D., Alemseged, Z., Bellon, H. The late Miocene Mammalian fauna of Chorora, Awash basin, Ethiopia: systematics, biochronology and 40K-40Ar ages of associated volcanics. Tertiary Research 21(1-4):113-122.

2000:   Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. A new Middle Pleistocene Fauna from the Busidima- Telalak region of the Afar, Ethiopia. Compte Rendu de l’academie des Sciences 331:549-556.

2000:   Alemseged, Z. Plio-Pleistocene Hominids and Their Environment in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Annales d’Ethiopie 20, 1-5.

1999:   Alemseged, Z. La basse valle de l’Omo (Ethiopie). In : Les Australopitheques.Berillon, G., Bacon, A.M., Marchal, F., Deloison, Y. (Eds.). Editions Artcom.

1998:   Alemseged, Z ., Geraads, D. Theropithecus atlanticus (Thomas, 1884) (Primate: Cercopithecidae) from the late Pliocene of Ahl al Oughlam, Casablanca, Moroco. J.Hum. Evol. 34(6):609-621.

1996:   Alemseged Z., Geraads, D., Coppens, Y., Guillemot, C. Taphonomical and paleoenvironmental study of Omo-33, a late Pliocene hominid locality of the lower Omo basin, Ethiopia. Revue de Paléobiologie, 15(2):339-347.

 

Other

2002:   Z. Alemseged. Dikika: a new paleoanthropological site in Ethiopia. Electronic publications (CD ROM) – University of Vienna, Austria.

2002:   Z. Alemseged. Paleoanthropology in Ethiopia today. Electronic publications (CD ROM) – University of Vienna, Austria.

 

Scientific Podium Presentations

2011:   Alemseged, Z. GPS data collection methods for Paleoanthropology: examples from the Dikika Research Project geodatabase. Biodiversity Information Standards – TDWG, New Orleans, Louisiana (16 October).

2011:   Alemseged, Z., Bedaso, Z.K., Wynn, J.G. Plio-Pleistocene paleoenvironments and implications for hominin habitat and available resources. Third Annual Meeting of the East African Association of Paleontologists and Paleoanthropologists (EAAPP), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (8-12 August).

2011:   Alemseged, Z. Reed, D., McPherron, S., Barr, W.A., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Wynn, J.G. A new GPS data collection methodology and data schema for integrating multiple project databases: Examples from the Dikika Research Project geodatabase. 20th Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota (12-13 April).

2011:   Alemseged, Z., Skinner, M.M., Schroer, K.E., Gunz, P., Wood, B.A., Hublin, J.-J. Mandibular P4 morphology among Plio-Pleistocene hominins: taxonomic implications and morphological trends. 20th Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota (12-13 April).

2011:   Alemseged, Z., Thompson, J.C., Lansing, S.W., Marean, C.W., McPherron, S.Experimental definition of bone surface signatures from natural unmodified stones and implications for early hominin subsistence. 20th Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota (12-13 April).

2011:   Alemseged, Z., Green, D.J. The primitive shoulder blade of Australopithecus. 20th Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota (12-13 April).

2010:   Alemseged, Z., Bedaso, Z.K., Wynn, J.G., Hujer, W. Pliocene paleoenvironments of  the Awash Valley, Ethiopia: the isotope record of tooth enamel and its relevance to the Pliocene paleoclimate of Northeastern Africa. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco (13-17 December).

2009:   Alemseged, Z. Ongoing Research on the DIK-1: Skeleton and New Data on the Deciduous Dentition. Paleoanthropology Meetings, Chicago (31 March-1 April 2009).

2009:   Green, D., Alemseged, Z. The Ontogeny of Extant Hominid and Australopithecus afarensis Shoulder Morphology. Paleoanthropology Meetings, Chicago (31 March-1 April 2009).

2007:   Alemseged, Z., Spoor, F., Kimbel, W.H., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Wynn, J.G. Paleoanthropological research at Dikika, Ethiopia and comparative morphology of a juvenile hominin from DIK-1. Annual Meeting of American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, USA (27-28 March 2007).

2007:   Alemseged, Z., Frost, S. New Cercopithecid fossils from Asbole, Ethiopia and their environmental and ecological significance. Annual Meeting of American Association   of Physical Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, USA (27-28 March 2007).

2007:   Reed, D.N., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Wynn, J. Taphonomy and Local Paleoecology of the Juvenile Hominin from DIK-1, Ethiopia. Annual Meeting of  American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology Meetings,  Philadelphia, PA, USA (27-28 March 2007).

2007:   Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Roman, D.C. Geological and tectonic framework for the 3.8-0.6 Ma Dikika Research Project area, and its implications for the study of the paleoenvironments of human evolution in the Afar Depression, Ethiopia. Annual Meeting of American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, USA (27-28 March 2007).

2007:   Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J. Faunal context of the Pliocene Dikika Locality, Hadar Formation, Ethiopia. Annual Meeting of American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, USA (27-28 March 2007).

2005:   Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J. A new Australopithecus afarenisis P3 from Dikika, Ethiopia.12th Congress of the Pan African Archaeological Association for Prehistory and Related Studies (PAA), 3-10 July 2005, Gaborone, Botswana.

2005:   Alemseged, Z. Ethical issues in Physical Anthropology research in developing countries. 2nd Conference on Science, Cultural Heritage, Natural Heritage and Tourism, 23-25 June Mekelle University, Ethiopia.  

2004:   Alemseged, Z. Major issues in Pliocene hominin paleoecology. Workshop on Faunal evidence for hominin paleoecology in East Africa, 21-23 May 2004, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA.

2004:   Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Roman, D.C. On the relationship between paleoenvironment and human evolution at Dikika in the Afar, Ethiopia. International Conference on the East African Rift System. June 20-24, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

2004:   Bobe, R., Ferraro, J., Bishop, L., Plummer, T., Alemseged, Z. Late Pliocene hominin paleoenvironments of the lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia: new data from bovid ecomorphic studies. Paleoanthropology meetings, Montreal, Canada.

2003:   Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D. Hominid environments and faunal change in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia: A comparison of the French and American databases Abstracts. 72 nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Tempe, AZ, USA.

2003:   Riel-Salvatore, J., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Wynn, J. Stone Age Archaeological   Survey in the Busidima region, Ethiopia. Paleoanthropological Society of America. Tempe, AZ, USA.

2002:   Alemseged, Z. Evidence for a major faunal turnover at around 2.3 Ma in the Shungura Formation, Ethiopia. Abstracts. 71 th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Buffalo, NY, USA.

2002:   Orr, C., Alemseged, Z. Estimation of body mass and diet for fossil cercopithecids from the Asbole area of the Afar, Ethiopia. Abstracts. 71 th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Buffalo, NY, USA.

2001:   Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. A new Middle Pleistocene Fauna from the Busidima- Telalak region of the Afar, Ethiopia. Abstracts. pp. 31-32. 70th Annual Meeting of the  American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Kansas City, KS, USA.

2001:   Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z. A hominid from Omo description and systematics of Omo-323-1976-896. Abstracts, pp. 68-69. 70 th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Kansas City, KS, USA.

1998:   Alemseged, Z. On the habitat preference of Australopithecus boisei. Dual Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa.

1997:   Alemseged, Z. Mammals as indicators of paleoenvironment in the Shungura Formation. Second European Workshop of Paleontology, Quillan, France.

1997:   Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Mammalian fauna and some taphonomic aspects of the Shungura Formation, Ethiopia. 45th Symposium of Vertebrate Paleontology. Derby, UK.

 

Interviews and Press Reviews (on the web)

http://www.britannica.com/blogs/2010/10/science-up-front-zeresenay-alemseged-on-the-afar-and-early-hominin-environments/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-10938453

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/08/100811-lucy-human-tools-meat-eating-nature-science/

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/science/12tools.html?_r=4&pagewanted=1&sq=alemseged&st=cse&scp=1

http://www.lefigaro.fr/sciences-technologies/2010/08/11/01030-20100811ARTFIG00511-lucy-utilisait-deja-des-outils-en-pierre.php

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/7939243/Hail-Lucy-the-new-Queen-of-the-Stone-Age.html

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2010-08-12-butchering12_ST_N.htm

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704216804575423421993711734.html

http://asunews.asu.edu/20100811_bones

http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1302184/Scientists-discover-ancient-ancestor-Lucy-used-stone-tools-butcher-animals-3-4million-years-ago.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-lucys-meateating-made-us-what-we-are-now-2050122.html

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/325/5937/136

http://www.springer.com/life+sci/zoology/book/978-1-4020-3097-0?detailsPage=toc

http://www.nature.com/nature/videoarchive/index.html

http://press.nationalgeographic.com/pressroom/index.jsp?pageID=pressReleases_detail&siteID=1&cid=1158761650710

http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/hominiddevelopment/index.html

http://www.mpg.de/english/illustrationsDocumentation/documentation/pressReleases/2006/pressRelease20060920/index.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1529399/Three-years-old---give-or-take-three-million.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/5363328.stm

http://www.economist.com/science/displayStory.cfm?story_id=7939767

http://archaeology.about.com/od/hominidancestors/a/dikika_infant.htm

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=finding-lucys-baby-qa-wit

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=special-report-lucys-baby

http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-09/2006-09-21-voa4.cfm?CFID=301750977&CFTOKEN=81471439&jsessionid=0030287cc5dc7ca25777372a3637504d2574

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6110009

http://nazret.com/blog/index.php?m=20060920

http://sciencenow.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2006/920/1

http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-09/2006-09-21-voa4.cfm?renderforprint=1&textonly=1&&JSESSIONID=8830a5718b0718a681012b6d6f632e459483&CFID=21617472&CFTOKEN=21146709&jsessionid=8830a5718b0718a681012b6d6f632e459483

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2006/09/21/1158431810008.html

http://www.biologynews.net/archives/2006/09/21/meet_the_earliest_baby_girl_ever_discovered.html

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2006/09/21/girl_33_million_years_old_offers_clues/?p1=MEWell_Pos5

http://english.pravda.ru/news/science/21-09-2006/84547-childfossil-0

http://www.researchsea.com/html/article.php/aid/1025/cid/1/research/%E2%80%A8human_evolution___lucy_s_baby__found_in_remote_ethiopian_outpost.html?

http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20060921/news_1n21selam.html

http://www.acikradyo.com.tr/default.aspx?_mv=prn&aid=15610

http://www.asu.edu/news/stories/200609/20060921_lucy.htm

http://www.asu.edu/news/stories/200609/20060920_iho.htm

http://www.supercars.net/PitLane?viewThread=y&gID=4&fID=0&tID=102435

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1704974/posts

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article645643.ece

http://ethiomedia.com/carepress/baby_lucy_discovered.html

http://www.mpg.de/english/illustrationsDocumentation/documentation/pressReleases/2006/pressRelease20060920/genPDF.pdf#search=%22zeresenay%20alemseged%22

http://lettrist.blogspot.com/2006/09/33-million-years-later-skeleton-of.html 

 

2013  Wynn, J.G., Sponheimer, M., Kimbel, W.H., Alemseged, Z., Reed, K., Bedaso, Z.K., Wilson, J.N. Diet of Australopithecus afarensis from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Ethiopia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110(26):10495-10500.

 

2013  Sponheimer, M., Alemseged, Z., Cerling, T.E., Grine, F.G., Kimbel, W.H., Leakey, M.G., Lee-Thorp, J., Manthi, F.K., Reed, K. Wood, B., Wynn, J.G. Isotopic evidence of early hominin diets. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110(26):10513-10518.

 

2013  Alemseged, Z. Early hominins: synthesis. In: Renfrew, C., Bahn, P.G. (Eds.), The Cambridge World Prehistory. Cambridge University Press.

 

2013  Alemseged, Z. Australopithecus in Ethiopia. In: Reed, K., Fleagle, J.G., and R.E. Leakey (Eds.), The Paleobiology of Australopithecus. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 63-72.

 

2013  Smith, T., Alemseged, Z. Reconstructing hominid life history. Nature Ed. Knowl. 4(4):2.

 

2013  Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Dietary and paleoenvironmental reconstruction using stable isotopes of herbivore tooth enamel from middle Pliocene Dikika, Ethiopia: implication for Australopithecus afarensis habitat and food resources. J. Hum. Evol. 64:21-38.

 

2012  Green, D.J., Alemseged, Z. Australopithecus afarensis scapular ontogeny, function, and the role of climbing in human evolution. Science 338:514-517.

 

2012  Alemseged, Z., Kiura, P.W., Mbua, E., Njau, J., Pobiner, B. A platform for East African Paleoanthropology: Third bi-annual conference of the EAAPP. Evol. Anthropol. 21:89-91.

 

2011  McPherron, S.P., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C.W., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H.A. Tool-marked bones from before the Oldowan change the paradigm. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 108:E116.

 

2011  Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Enhydriodon dikikae sp. nov. (Carnivora: Mammalia), a gigantic otter from the Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 31:447-453.

 

2010  McPherron, S., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H. Evidence for stone-tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues prior to 3.39 million years ago at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 466:857-860.

 

2010  Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Asbole fauna (Busidima Formation, Afar, Ethiopia) using stable isotopes. Geobios 43:165-177.

 

2010  Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Nyctereutes lockwoodi, n. sp., a new canid (Carnivora: Mammalia) from the Middle Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 30:981-987.

 

2009  Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Diet in early hominin species: a paleoenvironmental perspective. In: Hublin, J.J., Richards, M.P. (Eds.), The Evolution of Hominid Diets: Integrating Approaches to the Study of Palaeolithic Subsistence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 179-186.

 

2009  Njau, J.,Mbua, E. Alemseged, Z., Pobiner, B. Second conference of the East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology: Fifty years after discovery of Zinjanthropus. Evol. Anthropol. 18:235-236.

 

2008  Wynn, J. G., Roman, D.C., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Munro, S. Stratigraphy, depositional environments and basin structure of the Hadar and Busidima Formations at Dikika, Ethiopia. In: Quade, J., Wynn, J.G. (Eds.), The Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 446, pp. 1-32.

 

2008  Mbua, E., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. A new association for East African paleoanthropology and paleontology. Evol. Anthropol. 17:123-124.

 

2007  Behrensmeyer, K., Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z. Approaches to the analysis of faunal change during the East African Pliocene. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1-24.

 

2007  Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D. Comparability of fossil data and its significance for the interpretation of hominin environments: a case study in the lower Omo valley, Ethiopia. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 159-181.

 

2007  Behrensmeyer, K., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Finale and future: investigating faunal evidence for hominin paleoecology in East Africa. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 333-345.

 

2007  Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.). Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, Springer, Dordrecht.

 

2007  Frost, S.R., Alemseged, Z. Middle Pleistocene fossil Cercopithecidae from Asbole, Afar Region, Ethiopia. J. Hum. Evol. 53:227-259.

 

2006  Alemseged, Z., Spoor, F., Kimbel, W.H., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Wynn, J.G. A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:296-301.

 

2006  Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Roman, D.C. Geological and palaeontological context of a Pliocene juvenile hominin at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:332-336.

 

2005  Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J.G., Kimbel, W.H., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R. A new hominin from the Basal Member of the Hadar Formation, Dikika, Ethiopia and its geological context. J. Hum. Evol. 49:499-514.

 

2004  de Lumley, H., Bahain, J.-J. Beyene, Y., Marchal, F., Alemseged, Z. Les formation Plio-Pleistocenes du bassin de l’Omo-Turkana. In: De Lumley, H., Beyene, Y. (Eds.), Les Sites Prehistoriques de la Region de Fejej, Sud-Omo, Ethiopie, dans leurs Contexte Stratigraphique et Paleontologique. Éditions Recherche sur les Civilizations, Paris, pp. 81-107.

 

2004  Echassoux, A., Moulle, P.E., Desclaux, E., Alemseged, Z. Les faunes Plio-Pleistocene du site de Fejej FJ-1. In: De Lumley, H., Beyene, Y. (Eds.), Les Sites Prehistoriques de la Region de Fejej, Sud-Omo, Ethiopie, dans leurs Contexte Stratigraphique et Paleontologique. Éditions Recherche sur les Civilizations, Paris, pp. 203-340.

 

2004  Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Wynn, J. The Pleistocene fauna (other than Primates) from Asbole, lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia, and its environmental and biochronological implications. Geobios 37:697-718.

 

2003  Alemseged, Z. An integrated approach to taphonomy and faunal change in the Shungura Formation (Ethiopia) and its implication for hominid evolution. J. Hum. Evol. 44:1-28.

 

2002  Alemseged, Z., Coppens, Y., Geraads, D. Hominid cranium from Omo: Description and taxonomy of Omo-323-1976-896. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 117:103-112.

 

2002  Geraads D., Alemseged, Z., Bellon, H. The late Miocene Mammalian fauna of Chorora, Awash basin, Ethiopia: systematics, biochronology and 40K-40Ar ages of associated volcanics. Tertiary Res. 21(1-4):113-122.

 

2000  Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. A new Middle Pleistocene Fauna from the Busidima-Telalak region of the Afar, Ethiopia. C. R. Acad. Sci., Paris 331:549-556.

 

2000  Alemseged, Z. Plio-Pleistocene Hominids and Their Environment in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Annls. Ethiopie 20:1-5.

 

1999  Alemseged, Z. La basse valle de l’Omo (Ethiopie). In: Berillon, G., Bacon, A.M., Marchal, F., Deloison, Y. (Eds.), Les Australopitheques. Editions Artcom.

 

1998  Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Theropithecus atlanticus (Thomas, 1884) (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from the late Pliocene of Ahl al Oughlam, Casablanca, Morocco. J. Hum. Evol. 34(6):609-621.

 

1996  Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D., Coppens, Y., Guillemot, C. Taphonomical and paleoenvironmental study of Omo-33, a late Pliocene hominid locality of the lower Omo basin, Ethiopia. Rev. Paléobiol. 15(2):339-347.

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