June 22, 2010

Fossil Lucy, Grandfather?

The legendary fossil Lucy, known as one of our earliest ancestors, may have a new family member now, as scientists believe they found an even older early hominid that they're calling Lucy's grandmother.

"This individual was fully bipedal and had the ability to walk almost like modern humans. As a result of this discovery, we can now confidently say that Lucy and her relatives were almost as proficient as we are walking on two legs, and that the elongation of our legs came earlier in our evolution than previously thought,"

He was over 5 feet tall, which made him bigger than average as that era if human development is understood.

Fossil Lucy and Grandfather

Scientists may have found the great, great, great, etc., grandfather of the famous fossil Lucy. A new partial skeleton of an early hominid known as Australopithecus afarensis was discovered in a mud flat of the Afar region of Ethiopia. Dated about 3.6 million years ago, the find is about 400,000 years older than the famous Lucy, which was among the earliest upright walking hominids, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The bones indicate this ancestor also walked upright, but was considerably larger than Lucy, who stood about 3.5 feet tall. .

Fossil Lucy and Grandfather

Posted at June 22, 2010 6:13 AM