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Normally, we are happy to find a fragment of jaw, a few isolated teeth, a bit of an arm, a bit of a skull. But…
I realized immediately that this was a terribly important discovery, but I didn’t realize how important it would be until we had spent a lot…
But what really excited me was the idea that humans had a tremendous pre-history that went back millions of years. I wanted to go to…
And what I wanted to do was, I wanted to explore problems and areas where we didn’t have answers. In fact, where we didn’t even…
I was very intellectually oriented, very early on.
My real father died when I was two years old, so I never knew him. He was a barber in Chicago.
This was the most important discovery I had ever made in my life. It was a discovery which has irrevocably changed my whole life’s direction.…
Lucy brought with her an image of our human ancestors that you don’t get when you find a jaw or an arm bone or a…
As an undergraduate, I had an opportunity to go on a number of archeological digs. So I had experience excavating, digging up remains of ancient…
I think that many of my ideas are correct, but I’ll bet you, before my death other discoveries will be made that will prompt me…
But it really wasn’t until three to four years later, when we had an opportunity in the lab to make very detailed observations, and comparisons…
Scientists are very afraid of being proven wrong.
When I realized, in 1978, that Lucy did represent a new species of human ancestor, and that I had an opportunity to name this new…
When the first fossils began to be found in eastern Africa, in the late 1950s, I thought, what a wonderful marriage this was, biology and…
I was aware of it, but I grew up in a very a-religious family. My mother never went to church, she never had any religious…
In our case, finding a Lucy is unique. No one will ever find another Lucy. You can’t order one from a biological supply house. It’s…
One has to devote oneself to a particular pursuit. To be successful at anything, you have to make a total commitment to it.
There have been some friendships lost over this. That’s the most difficult for me. I find it very uncomfortable to know that I was at…
Most achievers I know are people who have made a strong and deep dedication to pursuing a particular goal. That dedication took a tremendous amount…
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