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Meet the Scientist: Dagmawit Getahun

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Gelada monkey rests on a peak in the Simien Mountains. Gelada monkey, Ethiopia.
Courtesy of D. Macauley/Wikimedia Commons

Grass Grazers: The Unique History of Ethiopian Gelada Monkeys

Speaker: Dagmawit Getahun

Dagmawit Getahun

Gelada monkeys, also known as the “bleeding heart” monkeys because of the bright red patches of skin on their chest, are found only in the highlands of Ethiopia. They are the world’s only grass eating monkeys and spend most of their time on the ground rather than in the trees. While their range is currently very restricted, fossils show us that their ancestors lived all over the world.  Join Dagmawit “Dag” Getahun, a biological anthropology PhD candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY, for an exploration of the evolutionary history of monkeys from Africa and Asia and how the study of these terrestrial primates might lead to insights about our own evolution.


Children 7 and over

(Teens should RSVP for our monthly Teen SciCafe events.)

Tickets are free:

Free passes are available on the day of the program at the Discovery Room entrance.

Space is limited and tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis for sessions at 2:15, 3:00, and 3:45.