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Zeresenay Alemseged:
The search for humanity's roots

TEDGlobal 2007 · 15:51 · Filmed Jun 2007
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Paleoanthropologist Zeresenay Alemseged looks for the roots of humanity in Ethiopia's badlands. Here he talks about finding the oldest skeleton of a humanoid child — and how Africa holds the clues to our humanity.

Paleoanthropologist
Zeresenay "Zeray" Alemseged digs in the Ethiopian desert, looking for the earliest signs of humanity. His most exciting find: the 3.3-million-year-old bones of Selam, a 3-year-old hominid child, from the species Australopithecus afarensis. Full bio
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