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Who Is Lucy The Australopithecus? 5 Amazing Facts You Should Know

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HOUSTON – AUGUST 28: A sculptor’s rendering of the hominid Australopithecus afarensis is displayed as part of an exhibition that includes the 3.2 million year old fossilized remains of “Lucy”, the most complete example of the species, at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, August 28, 2007 in Houston, Texas. The exhibition is the first for the fossil outside of Ethiopia and has generated criticism among the museum community and others that believe the fossil is too fragile to be moved from it’s home country. (Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images)

In honor of the 41st anniversary of the discovery of ?Lucy,? the extinct species was celebrated with a Google Doodle. For those of you that didn?t know, Lucy ?is a collection of fossilized bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species.? In short, she belonged to a previously unknown species that resembled some human traits.

She was first found in 1973, with somewhat being a complete discovery, having 40% of her skeleton intact instead of incomplete and damaged fossils that they usually find in a similar age. Together we celebrate the anniversary of Lucy by sharing to you some of the surprising things you may not know about her.

Named after The Beatles song ?Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds?

Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson, who found the species, immediately went back to camp to celebrate the discovery. He inserted a Beatles cassette in the tape and after Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds played, a member of the group suggested that he should call the skeleton Lucy. ?All of a sudden, she became a person,? Johanson said in an interview with BBC.

An upright walk

There a lot of interesting things to be fascinated about Lucy, but the one of the most important is how the way Lucy walked. Scientists were able to realize and prove that she spent most of her life walking on two legs, which they studied through her bones, ?in particular the structure of her knee and spine curvature.?

Her death is a mystery

There?s little proof they have found about Lucy?s cause of death. There?s also little proof of teeth marks found on her skeleton. This would suggest that she wasn?t killed and eaten after she died. But according to reports, ?there is one tooth mark from a carnivore on the top of her left pubic bone.? Unfortunately, it?s still unknown on whether or not it happened before or after she died.

Lucy is still in Ethiopia

Lucy?s skeleton still resides in Ethiopia, in the National Museum in Addis Ababa, a few miles from where she was discovered but is hidden away from the general people. Only a plaster replica is available for viewing by the public. But in 20017-2103, Lucy?s real skeleton was taken out for a tour on the United States.

A short female

Last but not the least, there have been enough evidence to say that the Australopithecus afarensis have walked upright and closely resembles a human, but they are smaller than any people. Reports indicated that ?Lucy died as a young but fully grown adult, and stood only 1.1m (3.7ft) tall and weighed in at a paltry 29kg (64lb).?

Source: The Independent

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