Human Origins:
Milestones in Human Evolution and the Fossil Record

by Professor Zeray Alemseged
Why you walk on two legs? • Why humans are adept at using tools? • Why giving birth is difficult in humans? • Why you have a big brain? • Why you are the most innovative species that has ever existed? • Why humans are the only animals with back pain? • Why and when we developed a symbolic culture?

Come Explore the biological and cultural basis of these hallmark events in the human evolutionary trajectory.

Zeray Alemseged

Professor Zeray Alemseged is a paleoanthropologist in the Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. His research interests include human evolution and the exploration of the factors that shaped the evolution of humans and extinct ancestral species.

Prof. Alemseged undertakes extensive fieldwork and employs cutting-edge imaging techniques to investigate the evolutionary process and mechanisms that led to the emergence of Homo sapiens. He explores both the biological and cultural transformations that occurred over the past 6 millions years since humans diverged from the apes.  Read more.