posted on Jun, 24 2010 @ 08:18 PM
Partial skeleton suggests ancient roots for humanlike walking
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 East Africa from about 4 million to 3 million years ago.
A nearly complete skeleton of an A. afarensis child has been retrieved from another Ethiopian site
Discoverers of the skeleton, led by anthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, consider this a Desi Arnaz
moment. As the late actor often exclaimed on his classic television show, “Lucy, you got some ’splainin’ to do!” But other researchers are not
so convinced that the new fossil changes much of what they already knew about Lucy and her kind.
Stand-up guyDiscoverers of a partial, 3.6-million-year-old skeleton from Lucy's species say that it unveils a surprisingly humanlike walking ability,
although not everyone agrees.
Not sure what to think of this, looks like they took the skeleton and stood it upright which would be easy to do, understand why there is so much
controversy on this finding.