30 Aug '16, 1pm

When humans stopped living in trees, or how did Lucy die?

When humans stopped living in trees, or how did Lucy die?

We worry about our kids not getting out into nature enough, but when was the last time you wondered about our ancient ancestors spending time among the trees? Lucy, one of the oldest (3.18-million-year-old) and most complete specimens of any adult, erect-walking human ancestor has been "at the center of a vigorous debate about whether this ancient species also spent time in the trees" since her discovery in the Afar region of Ethiopia in 1974. New findings on her cause of death may now tip that debate towards a conclusion. Giving the name 'Lucy' to the collection of bones of the female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis known scientifically as AL 288-1 makes her seem more real. But nothing makes a character come alive more than imagining them suffering their last moments. Indeed, you will never think of Lucy quite the same after learning UT Austin professor ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/when-humans-st...

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