The Arched Metatarsal of Australopithecus afarensis

Carol Ward1, William Kimbel, and Donald Johanson have published a paper in Science on the arch seen in a newly discovered fourth metatarsal of Australopithecus afarensis (AL 333-160). A lot of the popular press are publishing misleading headlines that this proves bipedalism in australopithecines. No, we've known they were bipedal -- we just didn't have... Continue Reading →

Donald Johanson pays Lucy a visit

I've read this summary of Donald Johanson's visit to the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see Lucy, the 3 million year old australopithecine 'he found' about 33 years ago. Lucy is also known as AL 288-1 or Dinkenesh, in Amharic, which means “You are beautiful.” The fossils are on a very controversial tour to... Continue Reading →

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