Donald C. Johanson

We love Lucy – Celebrating 50 years of human evolution research and Australopithecus afarensis

Donald C. Johanson in conversation with Peter C. Kjærgaard

In 1974 in Ethiopia, the world-renowned expert on human evolution, Donald C. Johanson, made a remarkable discovery. In the desert sand, he found fragments from an ape-like creature that walked on two legs. It turned out to be one of the most famous hominin fossils ever, popularly known as “Lucy”. The 3.2-million-year-old exceptionally well-preserved skeleton provided a crucial link between more ancient ancestors and younger ones, including those who were directly ancestral to modern humans.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of Lucy and the species Australopithecus afarensis, we are delighted to present Donald C. Johanson and Peter C. Kjærgaard, Director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, in a conversation about our quest to understand human evolution. Join them as they discuss the significance of Lucy and the future prospects of the science of human evolution.

Practical information

The event is organized by the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, in collaboration with the US Embassy.

The event will be in English.

The conversation takes place in the museum auditorium and lasts about an hour. Afterwards, you are invited for a reception in the museum’s Kirkeby Rotunda and to visit the exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Book your free ticket in advance to join the event.

NB: The event will be filmed/recorded.

Photo: Anders Drud Jordan, Natural History Museum of Denmark ©