Tavia Nyong’o lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. He teaches cultural history at New York University, in the Department of Performance Studies. His first book, The Amalgamation Waltz: Race, Performance and the Ruses of Memory, is available from the University of Minnesota Press and Amazon.com.

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Kenyanthropus Platyops, or “Flat faced man of Kenya,” is a possible direct ancestor of modern humans, discovered in 1999 by archaeologists near Lake Turkana, Kenya.