Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Johanson, Donald Carl

US paleontologist known for his excavations (c. 1973) of early australo-pithecine sites in East Africa (Lucy and the first family). Johanson is a prolific campaigner and promoter of paleoanthropology. In 1981 he founded the Institute of Human Origins, which is currently affiliated with Arizona State University. Johanson is co-author of Lucy: Beginnings of Humankind (1981) and other works.

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