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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?
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.
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.
Lucy is hailed as a missing link in our evolutionary lineage from ape-like ancestors. Did Lucy walk like us or does the evidence show her as a tree-dweller?
Australopithecus afarensis newest reconstruction drags Lucy down-to-earth.
She is the poster girl of human evolution, a member of the same family from which modern humans arose. At least, that’s how artists present Lucy in secular museums. How would you present her?
View an interactive 3-D image of the Creation Museum's model of Lucy
“Lucy,” the name given to partial australopithecine remains found in Ethiopia in 1974, may seem like old news. But new research suggests that “if Lucy were alive today, she could fit in high heels or march for miles without breaking her feet”—evidence, researchers claim, that Lucy was an experienced upright walker.
Did the friends and family of supposed ape-woman “Lucy” use tools to butcher meat for meals?
Before humans left Babel, it appears that apes had already spread over much of the Old World and had diversified.
Lucy, the “holy grail” of evolution according to some pundits, has arrived and is now on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Texas.
A new “cache” of fossil remains belonging to what are described as “early human ancestors” has been discovered in the Woranso-Mille area of Ethiopia.
Scientists approve Lucy fossil for travel to the United States.
The field of paleoanthropology and the evolution of man is more fraught with controversy among its proponents than probably any other field of evolutionary studies. The majority of paleoanthropologists believe that Australopithecus afarensis is on the main evolutionary line (or very close to it) heading toward modern humans.
The field of human origins is a very fast-paced area. Indeed, almost every new hominid fossil that is found causes a reshuffling of the human evolutionary tree.
The Australian Skeptics have donated copies of Helen Lawrence’s booklet, Making Friends with Fossils: How to find your way through the maze of human origins, to schools across Australia.
For over 20 years, Lucy or Australopithecus afarensis has been considered one of our first ‘ancestors’, mainly because it supposedly walked upright.
It’s already being hailed as a “momentous discovery”—the ultimate “missing link” in human evolution.
The St Louis zoo in Missouri, USA, has a $17.9 million exhibition majoring on evolution, which includes a statue showing remarkably human–looking feet.
‘Lucy’ is the popular name given to the famous fossil skeleton found in 1974 in Ethiopia by American anthropologist Donald Johanson.