Donald Johanson
Donald Johanson

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Name: Donald Johanson
Occupation: Paleontologist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: June 28, 1943
Age: 77
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Donald Johanson

Donald Johanson was born on June 28, 1943 in United States (77 years old). Donald Johanson is a Paleontologist, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Donald Johansonnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He taught at Case Western Reserve University and Arizona State University, and founded the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California.

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Before Fame

He studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and later received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Biography Timeline


Johanson was born in Chicago, Illinois to Swedish parents, the nephew of wrestler Ivar Johansson. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1966, and his master's degree (1970) and PhD (1974) from the University of Chicago. At the time of the discovery of Lucy, he was an associate professor of anthropology at Case Western Reserve University. In 1981, he established the Institute of Human Origins in Berkeley, California which he later moved to Arizona State University in 1997. Johanson holds an honorary doctorate from Case Western Reserve University, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Westfield State College in 2008. He is an atheist.


Lucy was discovered in Hadar, Ethiopia on November 24, 1974, when Johanson, coaxed away from his paperwork by graduate student Tom Gray for a spur-of-the-moment survey, caught the glint of a white fossilized bone out of the corner of his eye, and recognized it as hominin. Forty percent of the skeleton was eventually recovered, and was later described as the first known member of Australopithecus afarensis. Johanson was astonished to find so much of her skeleton all at once. Pamela Alderman, a member of the expedition, suggested she be named "Lucy" after the Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" which was played repeatedly during the night of the discovery.


AL 333, commonly referred to as the "First Family," is a collection of prehistoric homininid teeth and bones of at least thirteen individuals that were also discovered in Hadar by Johanson's team in 1975. Generally thought to be members of the species Australopithecus afarensis, the fossils are estimated to be about 3.2 million years old.


Since 2013, Johanson has been listed on the Advisory Council of the National Center for Science Education.

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Donald and fellow paleoanthropologists, Maurice Taieb and Yves Coppens, were responsible for discovering "Lucy," which at the time was the oldest humanoid fossil.

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