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Raymond Dart

Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart

Profession: Paleoanthropologist


Biography: Discovered the first Australopithecus africanus, an extinct hominin species that is closely related to humans that lived 2-3 million years ago.

Born: February 4, 1893
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: November 22, 1988 (aged 95)

Married Life

  • 1936-11-28 Australian paleo-anthropologist Raymond Dart (43) weds South African librarian Marjorie Gordon Frew

Historical Events

  • 1924-10-28 Miner M.de Bruin discovers the infant fossil skull, "Taung child" in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species, Australopithecus africanus.

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