Lucy, a partial Australopithecus afarensis fossil discovered in 1974 in Ethiopia, is a supposed human ancestor. It’s claimed she was bipedal due to human-like fossil footprints discovered 1000 miles away that are considered too early to be human. Yet the anatomical evidence is consistent with a fully ape classification for Lucy.

Lucy: Did She Walk Upright?

Most people don’t realize that the case for a human-like Lucy mainly depends on fossilized footprints. These impressions found at Laetoli in Tanzania are indistinguishable from human footprints you’d find on a beach. So, how do we know they weren’t packed down by Homo sapiens?

Lucy, a Knuckle-walking “abomination”?

Our Creation Museum exhibit features a holographic representation of Lucy’s fossilized bones in the context of the knuckle-walking ape that evidence suggests she was. A well-known blogger calls our Lucy “an abomination” and a “travesty.” He builds a detailed case intended to discredit the exhibit and demonstrate that Lucy was a transitional form between humans and ape-like ancestors.

Lucy, Swinging in the Trees?

To support their contention that ape-like ancestors became human because they learned to walk upright, evolutionists would like to bring Lucy down from the trees. But paleoanthropologists David Green and Zeresenay Alemseged have determined Lucy’s cousins retained their anatomical equipment for swinging through the forest and therefore likely did just that.

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