Learn about the discovery of fossilized remains of a juvenile human ancestor in this video adapted from NOVA scienceNOW. Meet Zeresenay (Zeray) Alemseged, the scientist who uncovered the remarkable fossils in Dikika, Ethiopia. Originally from a remote town in Ethiopia, Alemseged pursued his interest in science to become a successful anthropologist. The discovery of Selam, the fossilized skeleton of a 3-year-old early human girl that is over 3 million years old, was unprecedented. Selam's features suggest adaptation to both upright walking and tree climbing, providing insight into the evolution of humans.
Adapted from NOVA scienceNOW: What Makes Us Human?