Edited Volumes

2016 Haile-Selassie, Y. and Su, D.F. (Eds.) The Postcranial Anatomy of Australopithecus afarensis: New Insights from KSD-VP-1/1. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Book Series, Springer, Dordrecht. 191p.

Journal Articles

2022 Haile-Selassie, Y., Saylor, B. Z., Alene, M., Deino, A., Gibert, L., & Schwartz, G. T. Comparative description and taxonomic affinity of 3.7-million-year-old hominin mandibles from Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia). Journal of human evolution, 173, 103265.


2022 Su, D. F., & Haile-Selassie, Y. Mosaic habitats at Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia) during the Pliocene and implications for Australopithecus paleoecology and taxonomic diversity. Journal of human evolution, 163, 103076.


2021. Haile-Selassie, Y. From trees to the ground: The significance of Australopithecus anamensis in human evolution. Journal of Anthropological Research, 77(4), 457-482.

2019 Haile-Selassie, Y., Melillo, S.M., Vazzana, A., Benazzi, S., Ryan, T.M. A 3.8-million-year-old hominin cranium from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. Nature, 573, 214–219. Published online August 28, 2019.

2019 Saylor, B., Gibert, L., Deino, A., Alene, M., Levin, N.E., Melillo, S.M., Peaple, M.D., Feakins, S.J., Bourel, B., Barboni, D., Novello, A., Sylvestre, F., Mertzman, S.A., Haile-Selassie, Y. Age and context of mid-Pliocene hominin cranium from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. Nature, 573, 220–224. Published online August 28, 2019.

2016 Haile-Selassie, Y., Melillo, S.M., Ryan, T.M., Levin, N.E., Saylor, B.Z., Deino, A., Mundill, R., Scott, G., Alene, M., and Gibert, L. Dentognathic remains of Australopithecus afarensis from Nefuraytu (Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia): Comparative description, geology, and paleoecological context. Journal of Human Evolution, 100, 35–53.

2016 Curran, S. C. and Haile-Selassie, Y. Paleoecological Reconstruction of Hominin-bearing Middle Pliocene Localities at Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution. 96, 97–112.

2016 Haile-Selassie, Y., Melillo, S.M., & Su, D.F. The Pliocene hominin diversity conundrum: Do more fossils mean less clarity? Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, USA. 113(23), 6364–6371.

2016 Saylor, B.Z., Angelini, J., Deino, A., Alene, M., Fournelle, J.H., & Haile-Selassie, Y. Tephrostratigraphy of the Waki-Mille area of the Woranso-Mille Paleoanthropological research project, Afar, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution, 93, 25–45.

2015 Levin, N.E., Haile-Selassie, Y., Frost, S., & Saylor, B.Z. Dietary change among hominins and cercopithecids in Ethiopia during the mid-Pliocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 112, 12304–12309. Doi:10.1073/pnas.1424982112

2015 Haile-Selassie, Y., Gibert, L., Melillo, S.M., Ryan, T.M., Alene, M., Deino, A., Levin, N.E., Scott, G., and Saylor, B.Z. New species from Ethiopia further expands middle Pliocene hominin diversity. Nature, 521, 483–488. Doi: 10.1038/nature14448.

2014 Werdelin, L., Lewis, M.E., and Haile-Selassie, Y. New species of Eucyon (Mammalia; Carnivora; Canidae) from the Pliocene of the Woranso-Mille Area, Afar Region, Ethiopia, and a critical review of African species of Eucyon. Papers in Palaeontology. 2014, 1-8. DOI: 10.1002/spp2.1001.

2014 Frost, S.R., Jablonski, N.G., and Haile-Selassie, Y. Early Pliocene Cercopithecidae from Woranso-Mille (Central Afar, Ethiopia) and the origins of the Theropithecus oswaldi lineage. Journal of Human Evolution, 76, 39–53. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.05.003.

2013 Haile-Selassie, Y. and Simpson, S. W. A New Species of Kolpochoerus (Mammalia: Suidae) from the Pliocene of Central Afar, Ethiopia: Its Taxonomy and Phylogenetic Relationships. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 20(2), 115-127. Doi: 10.1007/s10914-012-9207-0.

2012 Haile-Selassie,Y., Saylor, B. Z., Deino, A., Levin, N. E., Alene, M., and Latimer, B. A new hominin foot from Ethiopia shows multiple Pliocene bipedal adaptations. Nature, 483, 565–569. Doi: 10.1038/nature10922. SOM available at

2012 Sanders, W. and Haile-Selassie, Y. A new assemblage of Mid-Pliocene proboscideans from the Woranso-Mille area, Afar region, Ethiopia:  Taxonomic, evolutionary, and paleoecological considerations. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 19(2), 105–128. doi: 10.1007/s10914-011-9181-y.

2010 Haile-Selassie, Y. Phylogeny of early Australopithecus: new fossil evidence from the Woranso-Mille (Central Afar, Ethiopia). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 365, 3323–3331. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0064. 

2010 Haile-Selassie, Y., Latimer, B. L., Alene, M., Deino, A., Gibert, L., Melillo, S. M., Saylor, B. Z., Scott, G. R., and Lovejoy, C. O. An early Australopithecus afarensis postcranium from Woranso-Mille, Ethiopia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 107, 12121–12126.

2010 Deino, A., Scott, G., Saylor, B., Alene, M., Angelini, J.D., and Haile-Selassie, Y. 40Ar/39Ar dating, paleomagnetism, and tephrochemistry of Pliocene strata of the hominid-bearing Woranso-Mille area, west-central Afar Rift, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution. 58, 111–126. 

2009 Geraads, D., Melillo, S. M., and Haile-Selassie, Y. Middle Pliocene Bovidae from hominid-bearing sites in the northwestern Woranso-Mille area, Afar region, Ethiopia. Palaeontologia Africana, 44, 59–70.