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NEW YORK (AP) -- Scientists have discovered a remarkably complete skeleton of a 3-year-old female from the ape-man species represented by "Lucy."
The discovery should fuel a contentious debate about whether this species, which walked upright, also climbed and moved through trees easily like an ape.
The creature was a member of Australopithecus afarensis, which lived in Africa between about 4 million and 3 million years ago. The most famous afarensis is Lucy, discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, which lived about 100,000 years after the newfound specimen.
Most scientists believe afarensis stood upright and walked on two feet, but they argue about whether it had ape-like agility in trees.
Ofcourse it didn't have "ape-likw agility", it wasn't an ape. Maybe something similar, but not the same.
That climbing ability would require anatomical equipment like long arms, and afarensis had arms that dangled down to just above the knees. The question is whether such features indicate climbing ability or just evolutionary baggage.
But the remains already support earlier finds indicating this ancestral human species walked upright but had a small brain and many seemingly apelike features. The child's gorilla-like arms and shoulders seem more adapted to tree climbing, while her legs and hips are plainly adapted to walking on two legs, Kimbel says. The researchers cannot say for sure how the child died, he says.
The article you linked mentioned the find as not being Lucy...