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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Asfaw, Berhane
Location Rift Valley Research Service
Primary Field Anthropology
 Election Citation
Asfaw is Ethiopia's senior paleoanthropologist. His discoveries and analyses of vertebrate fossils and archaeological evidence revolutionized knowledge about human evolution, leading to the recognition of several new hominoid species.
 Research Interests
My main interest is in human evolution between the time period between two and three million years ago. Major technological and biological changes occurred during this time. The earliest stone tools mark a dramatic shift in human behavior. There is also an increase in brain size in this little-known time period. I am pursuing a program of geological, archaeological, and paleontological research in order to generate the necessary data to test hypotheses regarding global climate change and human evolution, particularly the origin of our genus Homo during this period.

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