Lucy the Australopithecus Honored in Google Doodle

Today’s Google Doodle marks the discovery of Lucy.

Named after the Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, who is Lucy the Australopithecus honored in Google Doodle? The Lucy specimen is an early australopithecine and is dated to about 3.2 million years ago. She belonged to an Australopithecus afarensis family, a species that shared both human and ape characteristics.

Lucy is the oldest hominid ever discovered; she walked upright, and looked somewhat human-like, but much shorter (1.1 m, 3.7 feet). A skeleton found 41 years ago in Ethiopia, helped scientists understand the evolution of apes into bipedal humans.

It’s not known how she died. Her skeleton lies hidden away from the public in a National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, not far from where she was discovered.

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The Doodle shows an Australopithecus afarensis walking between a chimpanzee and a human, marking the transition between the two species.

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2017-03-13T13:14:59+00:00

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