History of Lucy

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History of Lucy

Lucy was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray on the November 24, 1974. Within moments, he spotted a right proximal ulna (forearm bone) and quickly identified it as a hominid. Shortly thereafter, he saw an occipital (skull) bone, then a femur, some ribs, a pelvis, and the lower jaw. Two weeks later, several hundred fragments of bone had been recovered, representing 40 percent of a single hominid skeleton.

Hominidae encompasses all species originating after the human/African ape ancestral split, leading to and including all species of Australopithecus and Homo. While these species differ in many ways, hominids share a suite of characteristics that define them as a group. The most conspicuous of these traits is bipedal locomotion, or walking upright.


Species: Australopithecus afarensisAge: 3.2 million yearsPlace discovered: Afar Depression, EthiopiaDate discovered: November 24, 1974Discovered by: Donald JohansonMaurice TaiebYves CoppensTom Gray

Later in the night of November 24, there was much celebration and excitement over the discovery of what looked like a fairly complete hominid skeleton. There was drinking, dancing, and singing; the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” was playing over and over. At some point during that night, no one remembers when or by whom, the skeleton was given the name “Lucy.”

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