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Australopithecus afarensis or Lucy as also know was discovered in November 1974 She was the most complete hominid skeleton that had been found in the world at that time Being the only complete skeleton that had been found that was older than Neanderthal she was a great discovery particularly as she had many distinctive features putting her in a class of her own This led many scientists to believe that Lucy was and is the missing link in the evolution of mankind There were however a number of controversies surrounding her discovery that open many discussions and questions about where she really is what she first appeared to be The discovery of Lucy was made in northeast Africa in the Hadar region of Ethiopia by scientists Maurice Taieb Donald Johanson and their colleagues This was one of the first discoveries of such a skeleton and certainly the most complete skeleton of their find She stood just under four foot tall yet was a mature female adult skeleton of around twenty-five years of age She also possessed many ape-like characteristics such as long arms and short legs Many of the other fossilised bones in the area that were found showed that there were many more like Lucy with many of them greater in size particularly the male of the species Lucy appeared to be human in many ways as she could walk up right It can be seen however that A Afarensis was a biped meaning that they could walk upright and move on all fours rather like modern day chimpanzees There is strong evidence from Mary Leaky and Paul Abell that A afarensis walked upright from a fossil footprint find They saw that the force of the footprints was clearly ball of the foot first followed by toe push off It has been found that A afarensis may not have walked like modern day homo sapiens They would have walked with
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