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Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis) - was named after listening to "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" by the Beatles when she was discovered by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray.


"Lucy" (Australopithecus afarensis, 3.18 mya) was a transitional species between arboreal and ground-dwelling hominids... and may have died by falling from a tree.

Early human 'Lucy' swung from the trees

Selam, a 3.3-million-year-old human ancestor (Australopithecus afarensis specimen) from Ethiopia. She is known as "The World's Oldest Child", because she is the oldest known fossil of a child. The skeleton comprises almost the entire skull and torso and many parts of the limbs. The features of the skeleton suggest adaptation to walking upright as well as tree-climbing.


She is the most ancient child ever discovered and was no more than three years old when she died about 3.3 million years ago. Australopithecus afarensis, Ethiopia AKA Dikika child.


Lucy's bone scans point to life in the trees

While Australopithecus afarensis could walk on two legs, its skeleton suggests it was still happy swinging among the branches. Amy Middleton reports. | Cosmos


"Lucy's Baby" a Born Climber, Hinting Human Ancestors Lingered in Trees

"Lucy's Baby" a Born Climber, Hinting Human Ancestors Lingered in Trees Australopithecus afarensis' shoulders pointed upward, new fossil study suggests.


Australopithecus afarensis ‘Lucy’ spent significant time in trees, new study reveals. According to a new study published in the journal PLoS ONE, the relative strength of arms and legs of ‘Lucy’ — a 3.18-million-year-old specimen of Australopithecus afarensis — was in between that of modern chimpanzees and modern humans.