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Meet the Scientist in the Discovery Room

Part of Events for Children & Families

A group of children and adults, some in chairs, some on the carpet, in a science education room watching a man give a presentation with a laptop and wall monitor.

On select Saturday afternoons throughout the school year, children 7 years old and older are invited to join us upstairs in the Discovery Room for a chance to talk with an AMNH scientist as they share their passion for science and fascinating findings with us.

June 1, 2019 - Meet the Scientist

A young woman of Southeast Asian descent stands smiling in front of a waterfall wearing a white hat.

Dagmawit Getahun

“Grass Grazers: The Unique History of Ethiopian Gelada Monkeys

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.

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

2018-2019 Event Dates

  • June 1, 2019

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The Discovery Room was made possible by a grant from the Edward John Noble Foundation.

Additional support has been provided by the Ralph M. Cestone Foundation, the Louis and Virginia Clemente Foundation, the Ducommun and Gross Family Foundation, the Larkin Family, the V. and L. Marx Foundation, and the Jane and Frances Stein Foundation.