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1974 – Discovery of the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “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. Lucy was discovered in 1974 near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson. Continue reading “1974 – Discovery of the 40% complete Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, nicknamed “Lucy””

Homo naledi – A new species of Human relative

A team of researchers, cavers and explorers announced in November 2013 that they had discovered a significant fossil find in a cave known as Rising Star in the Cradle of Humankind, some 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg. Continue reading “Homo naledi – A new species of Human relative”

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