Lucy - Lucy & Her Baby: Evidence of Life Originating in...

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Heather Fackelman Psychology of the African American Experience
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Heather Fackelman Psychology of the African American Experience
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Lucy is oldest, complete adult skeletal fossil of which we know. She was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray in November of 1974 in Hadar, Ethiopia. Though no one remembers exactly who named her “Lucy,” the story is that among celebration that night after the discovery, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was playing, and thus she was named after the song. Lucy is dated to be about 3.18 million years old. Lucy would have stood about 3.5 feet tall, and she would have weighed anywhere between 60 to 65 pounds. An even bigger discovery was made when researchers found a baby that was the same species as Lucy. This fossil was like a human below the waist, but had an ape- like appearance above the waist. Known as “Lucy’s baby,” it is actually older than Lucy. The child’s fossil showed signs of having been able to walk upright, and “offer[ed] clues to the evolution of that skill, and of the brain and speech.” This fossil was found in the Ethiopian desert, like Lucy, and was female. It lived about 3.3 million years ago. This is even more solid evidence proving that life began in Africa. With the discovery of these fossils, showing that humankind began in Africa, it is absurd to think that people with ancestors from Africa, people with an African ethnicity, are discriminated against. This is especially true when you look at the bigger picture. Technically, since all life started in Africa, we can all trace back our lineage to Africa, whether it is one generation before our own, or 100. Evidence like Lucy and Lucy’s baby further prove that concepts like prejudice, discrimination, and racism have no true foundation.
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Lucy’s Story When and where was Lucy found? Lucy was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray on the 24th of November, 1974, at the site of Hadar in Ethiopia. They had taken a Land Rover out that day to map in another locality. After a long, hot morning of mapping and surveying for fossils, they decided to head back to the vehicle. Johanson suggested taking an alternate route back to the Land Rover, through a nearby gully. Within moments, he spotted a right proximal ulna (forearm bone) and quickly identified it as a hominid. Shortly thereafter, he saw an occipital (skull) bone, then a femur, some ribs, a pelvis, and the lower jaw. Two weeks later, after many hours of excavation, screening, and sorting, several hundred fragments of bone had been recovered, representing 40% of a single hominid skeleton. Back to top
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