Fossil hominid skeleton known as Lucy

Fossil hominid skeleton known as Lucy

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Caption: Fossil hominid skeleton Australopithecus afarensis known as 'Lucy' (AL 288-1). Lucy was part of a rich find of fossils made in the Afar region of Ethiopia between 1973 & 1977. She dates from 3.3 million years ago & is widely accepted as the earliest link in the human record. The remains comprise 40% of the entire skeleton and include skull fragments, a mandible, most of the left & right arm, vertebrae, rib fragments, sacrum, left pelvic bone, left thigh & right lower leg. The form of the pelvic bones showed her to be female, erupted wisdom teeth suggested she was 20 years old & the thighbone indicated she was small, between 107 and 122 centimetres (4 feet) tall.

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Keywords: a. afarensis, afar, anthropology, australopithecus afarensis, discoverer, discovery, donald, earliest human fossil, ethiopia, fossil man, fossil site, fossil skeleton, hominid, hominids, hominin, johanson, lucy, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology

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