Lucy the Australopithecus? Five facts about the oldest hominid ever discovered


Lucy Australopithecus is the joint name of AL 288-1, several hundred parts of bone fossils symbolize 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis.

In Ethiopia the installation is also known as Dinkinesh, which means “you are wonderful” in the Amharic tongue. Lucy was discovered in 1974 near the rural Hadar in the Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia by paleoanthropologist Johanson.

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‘Lucy’, here are five things about her:

Lucy was found by Johanson and Gray on the 24 November, 1974, at the site of Hadar in Ethiopia. They had taken a Land Rover out that day to map in another locality. After a long, hot morning of mapping and surveying for fossils, they decided to head back to the vehicle. Johanson suggested taking an alternate route back to the Land Rover, thanks to a nearby stream. Within moments, he spotted a right forearm bone and simply define it as a hominid. Shortly thereafter, he saw an occipital (scalp) bone, then a Thigh bone, some ribs, a pelvis, and the lower chin. Two weeks later, after many hours of sorting, screening, and , excavation several hundred fragments of bone had been recovered, representing 40 percent of a single hominid skeleton.

The 41st anniversary of the discovery of ‘Lucy’ has been celebrated with a Google Doodle., 24 November is the 41st anniversary of the discovery of ‘Lucy’, the name given to a collection of fossilised bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species, who lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago.

First discovered in 1973, the discovery of Lucy was remarkably ‘complete’ – 40 per cent of her skeleton was found intact, rather than just a handful of incomplete and damaged fossils that usually make up remains of a similar age.

Shortly after being udder up, it became apparent that Lucy was one of the most important fossils ever discovered, when researchers released that she belonged to a already unknown species.

In honour of the Most important moment in archaeology, here’s five things you may not know about Lucy.
She was named after The Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’

After making the historic find, paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson headed back to his camping site with his team.

He put a Beatles cassette in the tape player, and when Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds came on, one of the group said he should call the skeleton Lucy.

“All of a sudden, she became a person,” Johanson told.