Lucy fossil gets jolted upright by Big Man

Lucy fossil gets jolted upright by Big Man

Partial skeleton suggests ancient roots for humanlike walking

By Bruce Bower, 06:54 AM June 21, 2010

An older guy has sauntered into Lucy’s life, and some researchers believe he stands ready to recast much of what scientists know about the celebrated early hominid and her species.

Excavations in Ethiopia’s Afar region have uncovered a 3.6-million-year-old partial male skeleton of the species Australopithecus afarensis. This is the first time since the excavation of Lucy in 1974 that paleoanthropologists have turned up more than isolated pieces of an adult from the species, which lived in E...

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