Shoulder fossil may put Lucy's kind up a tree

Contested analysis portrays ancient hominid as frequent climber

By Bruce Bower, 14:10 PM October 24, 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 evolution...

Source URL: