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Published on Nov 23, 2015
It’s time to celebrate evolution, discovery and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” On November 24, Lucy the Australopithecus turns 41 and to celebrate the good folks at Google have created a doodle in her honor. She’s the collection of hundred of bones that were assembled by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson in Ethiopia in 1974. What makes Lucy stand out amid the thousands of fossils that are discovered every day, scientists were able to practically reassemble her entire skeleton. She helped immensely in furthering our understanding of evolution and “the missing link.” Lucy is thought to be 3.2 million years old.
The Search Engine Google is showing an animated Doodle on 24th November, for the 41st Anniversary of the discovery of Lucy.
Lucy 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.
Lucy was discovered in 1974 near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley in Ethiopia by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson
The Lucy specimen is dated to about 3.2 million years ago. With a mixture of ape and human features Lucy stood three and a half feet tall.
"Lucy" 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 almost a household name at the time.
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. Lucy became famous in the US and around the world, and was returned to Ethiopia in 2013. Read more about Lucy at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy