Australopithecus afarensis Lucy Skull


Australopithecus afarensis Lucy Skull measures 7.2 inches. Australopithecus afarensis Lucy Skull is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in USA. 288-1. 3-4 MYA. Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

Lucy or Australopithecus afarensis is the common name of AL 288-1, several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis. In Ethiopia, the assembly is also known as Dinkinesh, which means “you are marvelous” in the Amharic language. Australopithecus afarensis was discovered in 1974 in Africa, at Hadar, a site in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia, by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Australopithecus afarensis or Lucy specimen is an early australopithecine and is dated to about 3.2 million years ago. The skeleton presents a small skull akin to that of non-hominin apes, plus evidence of a walking gait that was bipedal and upright, akin to that of humans (and other hominins); this combination supports the view of human evolution that bipedalism preceded increase in brain size.

Lucy or Australopithecus afarensis acquired her name from the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” by the Beatles, which was played loudly and repeatedly in the expedition camp all evening after the excavation team’s first day of work on the recovery site. After public announcement of the discovery, Lucy captured much public interest, becoming a household name at the time.

Australopithecus afarensis or Lucy became famous worldwide, and the story of her discovery and reconstruction was published in a book by Johanson. Beginning in 2007, the fossil assembly and associated artifacts were exhibited publicly in an extended six-year tour of the United States; the exhibition was called Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia.

Australopithecus afarensis or Lucy was 3 ft 7 in. tall, weighed 64 lbs., and after reconstruction looked somewhat like a chimpanzee. Lucy had a small brain like a chimpanzee, but the pelvis and leg bones were almost identical in function to those of modern humans, showing with certainty that species were hominins that had stood upright and had walked erect.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 7.2 in
Lucy Skull AL 288-1 Facts

Common name: Lucy
Species: Australopithecus afarensis
Age 3.2 million years
Place discovered: Afar Depression, Ethiopia
Date discovered: November 24, 1974


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