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Lucy fell from a tree 3.18 million years ago

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Published on Aug 29, 2016

Lucy died after falling from a tree, new research suggests. Lucy is a 3.18-million-year-old specimen of Australopithecus afarensis considered one of the oldest and most complete fossil hominins, an erect-walking human ancestor.

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Perimortem fractures in Lucy suggest mortality from fall out of tall tree
John Kappelman, Richard A. Ketcham, Stephen Pearce, Lawrence Todd, Wiley Akins, Matthew W. Colbert, Mulugeta Feseha, Jessica A. Maisano & Adrienne Witzel
Nature, doi:10.1038/nature19332
Australopithecus afarensis fossil hominid (Lucy skeleton) by James St. John available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/jsjgeol... under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0. Full terms at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/...

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