Four decades after the discovery of Lucy, her remains are quite possibly the most famous discovery in paleoanthropology and one of the more important. The impact of finding a nearly entire skeleton from a 3.2 million year old hominid revealed a lot about human evolution. We've learned a lot from Lucy, from biophysics to the... Continue Reading →
Well this is kind of embarrassing but inconsequential... Gary Sawyer and Mike Smith at the AMNH began a reconstruction of Lucy with help from Scott Williams from NYU and noticed that one of the vertebra fragments is smaller than the other! A comparative study to other animal's vertebrae show that it more closely resembles a baboon's vertebrae. This... Continue Reading →
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 →
Major kudos goes out to Simon of HENRY, who found this awesome shirt: Even though that ain't Lucy's skull -- she wasn't found with a complete one... I still want one on these shirts! Actually, I drew this skull in 2006!
Lucy that little australopithecine which we also know as AL 288-1 is quite possibly the most popular fossil hominid known. Her remains have sparked lots of controversy lately, which shows how important and impactful this 3 million year old is to the field of paleoanthropology as well as popular culture. To feed into the pop... Continue Reading →
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 →
KNM-WT 15000 was found by Kamoya Kimeu in 1984 at the Nariokotome site near Lake Turkana in Kenya. It the most complete specimen of Homo erectus to date. All that's missing from this 12 year old boy are the hands, feet, and left humerus. Its completeness and its 1.6 million years old age undoubtedly makes... Continue Reading →