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In Search of Human Origins: Lucy

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At the beginning of our Human Origins unit, we'll watch the first part of the NOVA special called In Search of Human Originsfrom PBS. The video is narrated by famous paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson and recalls the discovery of the oldest, most complete human skeleton found.

The creature was an australopithecus afarensis, and nicknamed "Lucy." For classwork and homework this week, you will need to fill in the chart about Lucy's Bones. The notes for the chart are below. In class we only watch the first 34 minutes:


From the fragments of Lucy’s skeleton, scientists were able to find out a number of facts about her. In class you received a grid to record which skeletal fragments give us certain information. Make sure you have listed each fragment and what anthropologists were able to learn from it.


Pelvic Bones Show…
That Lucy was female
Pelvic bones show the gender of the once living hominid

Leg Bones Show…
That Lucy was about 3.5 feet tall (height)
That she was abou…