Berhane Asfaw

Berhane Asfaw (Amharic: በርሃነ አስፋው) is an Ethiopian paleontologist of Rift Valley Research Service, who co-discovered human skeletal remains at Herto Bouri, Ethiopia that revealed a transition into modern humans (Homo sapiens sapiens). The specimen was called Homo sapiens idaltu (elder).[1]

He graduated from Addis Ababa University in 1980 and the University of California at Berkeley in 1989.[2]


  1. Shipman, Pat. We Are All Africans, American Scientist.
  2. The National Academies biography

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