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Thursday, September 21, 2006



A nearly complete fossilized skeleton of a three-year-old girl, Australopithecus afarensis just like Lucy, has been found in Ethiopia. It was found just a few miles away from where Lucy was found in 1974. It is about 3.3 million years old, tens of thousands of years older than Lucy.

Tiny head, tiny knee caps – just a baby, still nursing when she died. Her skeleton is much more complete than other adult ones found since 1974, and scientists have placed her firmly on our ancestor’s list.

The picture – a recreation based on her skull – has another value. It’s the best way a parent can illustrate that traditional warning: “Be careful, or your face will freeze like that!”

But I like it!


  • At 7:55 PM, Blogger kenju said…

    Aha! I had a daughter - and I have a granddaughter - who both had hair like that as infants. Now we know where the missing links are.

  • At 5:22 PM, Blogger Gerbera Daisy said…

    She looks like George W. Bush!!!


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