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    (Circa 3,180,000 BC)
    Probably lived about 3.18 million years ago
    Resided in present-day Ethiopia
    Member of the species Australopithecus afarensis
    Lived to be 25 years old
    Believed by some anthropologists as the 'missing link' between humans and apes
    Discovered by Donald Johnson, Yves Coppens, and Tim White in the Afar Depression (1974)
    Preserved at a museum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
    In a major gender mix-up, 'Lucy' may have been a male, as its pelvis was not very large for giving birth.
    Some religious fundamentalists try to deny its existence.
    Its skeleton is only about 40% complete.
    Its brain was much smaller than that of a modern-day human.
    The claim that it is a 'missing link' between tree-climbing apes and modern humans is still hotly debated.
    It is the most intact ancient hominid skeleton ever found.
    It was named 'Lucy' as a reference to the Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.'
    It exhibits very 'human-like' teeth.
    It may have been one of the first bipedal primates (had the ability to walk upright).
    Its discovery led to a revival of public interest on prehistoric human ancestors.

Credit: Ratman


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