Early human ancestor Lucy ‘died falling out of a tree’

Posted by Warren Fyfe on August 29, 2016 in Warren Fyfe Site

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Marsha Miller, UT Austin

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The famous fossil was scanned during a break on a US museum tour

New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed “Lucy” by scientists died falling from a great height – probably out of a tree.

CT scans have shown injuries to her bones similar to those suffered by modern humans in similar falls.

The 3.2 million-year-old hominin was found on a treed flood plain, making a branch her most likely final perch.

It bolsters the view that her species – Australopithecus afarensis – spent at least some of its life in the trees.

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