Garniss Curtis

Garniss Curtis
Garniss Curtis
Geochronologist Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

(1919-2012)

GARNISS CURTIS was Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of California, Berkeley and Founder of the Berkeley Geochronology Center. A colleague of Louis Leakey, he determined the age (1.85 my) of the famous Zinjanthropus fossil which rocked the anthropological world. In 1994 with colleague Carl Swisher he re-dated Homo erectus in Java at 1.8 my instead of the long-held .8 my.

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