Australopithecus Afarensis skeleton was discovered in 1974 near Hadar in Ethiopia, and she was nicknamed “Lucy” by the paleoanthropologists who found her. As the story goes, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles was playing during their celebration of finding the 3.2 million year old hominid.
Because of their find, pages upon pages of data have been written on early hominid evolution and many questions have been answered with, perhaps, many more now able to be asked just because of Lucy.
Which is why I’m happy to have my new t-shirt to wear on the first day of class for my graduate class “The Emergence of Humankind!”
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