Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Who is Lucy the Australopithecus? Google honours 41st anniversary of skeletal discovery

The moving doodle celebrates the amazing find of the fossil of Lucy, who lived 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia

Google has created one of its trademark doodles to celebrate the 41s t anniversary of the discovery of the skeletal remains of 'Lucy' Australopithecus, who is proven to have lived around 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia.

40 per cent of Lucy's fossilised remains were discovered intact and paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson named her Lucy after the Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'.

By studying her bones, in particular the structure of her knee and spine curvature, scientists discovered that she spent most of her time walking on two legs.

Lucy resembled human beings very closely. She walked in an upright manner as humans do.

Scientists believe Lucy was 3.7 feet tall and 29 kgs in weight.

Although she walked upright, she was quite small in size compared to humans. Her skeletal remains are kept in a National Museum in Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa and her plasticreplica is kept in the public for tourists to observe.

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