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Shoulder fossil may put Lucy's kind up a tree

Contested analysis portrays ancient hominid as frequent climber

2:14pm, October 25, 2012

The ancient hominid known as Lucy is getting shouldered into the trees by a recently uncovered fossil child. But scientific onlookers disagree about whether Lucy’s long-extinct species mixed tree climbing with walking.

Apelike shoulder blades from the ancient skeleton of a roughly 3-year-old girl that belonged to Australopithecus afarensis — the same species as Lucy, a famous 3.2-million-year-old partial female skeleton found in 1974 — suggest that these early members of the human evolutionary family split time between scrambling up trees and walking on the ground, say paleobiologist David Green of M

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