The Fossil Hunter

Searching for the origins of man

Reknown paleoanthropologist Yohannes Haile Selasie, of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, makes an annual expedition to the badlands of Ethiopia looking for answers to the question, “Where do we come from?”


Through the heat and dust, Haile-Selassie and his team search for clues to the origins of man, at times finding fossils smaller than a fingernail. These specs of ancient bone, finally revealed by wind and rain and bleached by the equatorial sun, are found by only the most experienced fossil hunters.


Created this promotional video for the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.


Documenting this quest was the trip of a lifetime and reminded me that despite race, religion or ethnicity, we belong to one family – the family of man.