Monday, March 29, 2004 - "Newest Evidence of Our Earliest Ancestors"
Carol Ward holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences of the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. With noted anthropologist Meave Leakey, Ward has studied a 3.5 million-year-old fossilized skull found near Kenya's Lake Turkana. The skull is suspected of being a new genus of early hominid, suggesting that at least two lines of potential human ancestors may have roamed the East African plains simultaneously Ward has also worked with Donald Johanson, discoverer of the famous 3.2 million-year-old "Lucy" skeleton. Ward holds the Ph.D. in Functional Anatomy and Evolution from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.