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Researcher: “Lucy” died falling from tree

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“Lucy” is the iconic imputed human ancestor from 3.2 mya, Austropithecus afarensis.

From Deborah Netburn at Los Angeles Times:

After examining high-resolution CT scans of broken bones in Lucy’s right shoulder, as well as the damage to other parts of her skeleton, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin propose that the small hominid’s life ended shortly after a catastrophic fall from a great height — probably from a tree.

“What we see is a pattern of fractures that are well documented in cases of people who have suffered a severe fall,” said John Kappelman, a UT professor of anthropology and geological sciences. “This wouldn’t happen if you just fell over.” More.

But there are doubts: From Washington Post:

But other paleontologists aren’t so sure.

“I’ve worked in Eastern Africa at these sites for many years, and there’s hardly a fossil out there that doesn’t have damage like Lucy has,” said William Kimbel, director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. Kimbel, who wasn’t involved in the new study, doesn’t agree that the fractures on Lucy’s bones are greenstick — and without this distinction, he doesn’t think the paper does a sufficient job of proving they came from an injury before death.

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In her death, she became a living individual,” Kappelman said. “I’m not a philosopher, I’m a scientist. But to me, it’s such a beautiful juxtaposition that by understanding her death, I now feel that I understand her life.

With respect, no, you don’t understand her life, Dr. Kappelman. But if we all feel so bad about stuff like that, we can give to a medical mission today. Lots of people who might survive injuries go without care in underserved areas of the world.

See also: Royal Society’s verdict on Piltdown hoaxer: It was Dawson

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9 Replies to “Researcher: “Lucy” died falling from tree

  1. 1
    bornagain77 says:

    News, do you realize that the video you referenced without any caveat is based on misinformation??

    Lucy Makeover Shouts a Dangerously Deceptive Message About Our Supposed Ancestors
    by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on October 5, 2013
    Excerpt: Australopithecus afarensis is extinct. Its bones suggest it was not identical to living apes, but it did have much in common with them. Many have assessed the skeletal pieces of the various afarensis and possible afarensis fossils that have been found. Overall, these skeletal parts reveal an animal well-adapted to arboreal life. Its wrist bones also suggest it was a knuckle-walker. Reconstructions of its pelvis demonstrate its so-called “bipedal” gait was nothing like a human being’s upright gait. In fact, it is only the evolutionary wish to impute a bipedal gait to this animal that marches its fossils upright across the pages of the evolutionary story.
    https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/lucy/lucy-makeover-shouts-a-dangerously-deceptive-message-about-our-supposed-ancestors/

    Here is an anatomically correct reconstruction of Lucy

    Lucy – a correct reconstruction – picture
    https://cdn-assets.answersingenesis.org/img/articles/campaigns/lucy-exhibit.jpg

    Here is a a humorous video showing how biased evolutionists can be with the fossil evidence

    Lucy – The Powersaw Incident – – 32:08 mark of video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI4ADhPVpA0&feature=player_detailpage#t=1928

    Other ‘Lucy’ fossils have been found since the humorous ‘powersaw incident’ that show that Lucy could not have possibly walked upright.

    A Look at Lucy’s Legacy by Dr. David Menton and Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on June 6, 2012
    Excerpt: Other analyses taking advantage of modern technology, such as those by Christine Berge published in 199425 and 201026 in the Journal of Human Evolution, offer a different reconstruction allowing for a unique sort of locomotion. Berge writes, “The results clearly indicate that australopithecine bipedalism differs from that of humans. (1) The extended lower limb of australopithecines would have lacked stabilization during walking;,,,
    Lucy’s bones show the features used to lock the wrist for secure knuckle-walking seen in modern knuckle-walkers.
    https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/lucy/a-look-at-lucys-legacy/

    Lucy – She’s No Lady – lecture video (review of the ‘severely distorted’ evidence of Lucy starts at about the 17:00 minute mark)
    per youtube

    Lucy, the Knuckle-walking abomination? by Dr. David Menton and Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell on October 24, 2012
    Excerpt: We would submit that the anterior migration of the afarensis foramen magnum occurred not deep in the evolutionary history of humanity but quite possibly sometime after 1992 in the laboratory.
    https://answersingenesis.org/human-evolution/lucy/lucy-the-knuckle-walking-abomination/

    also of note:

    Baboon bone found in famous Lucy skeleton – 10 April 2015
    Excerpt: Lucy, arguably the world’s most famous early human fossil, is not quite all she seems. A careful look at the ancient hominin’s skeleton suggests one bone may actually belong to a baboon.
    http://www.newscientist.com/ar.....SmjJ5PcBCC

    My Pilgrimage to Lucy’s Holy Relics Fails to Inspire Faith in Darwinism
    Excerpt: —“We were sent a cast of the Lucy skeleton, and I was asked to assemble it for display,” remembers Peter Schmid, a paleontologist at the Anthropological Institute in Zurich.,,, “When I started to put [Lucy’s] skeleton together, I expected it to look human,” Schmid continues “Everyone had talked about Lucy as being very modern, very human, so I was surprised by what I saw.”
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....ly_re.html

    The following cites show, unequivocally, that ‘Lucy’, the supposed superstar of human evolution, was an ape:

    “these australopith specimens can be accommodated with the range of intraspecific variation of African apes”
    Nature 443 (9/2006), p.296

    “The australopithecines known over the last several decades from Olduvai and Sterkfontein, Kromdraai and Makapansgat, are now irrevocably removed from a place in a group any closer to humans than to African apes and certainly from any place in a direct human lineage.”
    Charles Oxnard, former professor of anatomy at the University of Southern California Medical School, who subjected australopithecine fossils to extensive computer analysis;
    http://creationwiki.org/Australopithecines

    Israeli Researchers: ‘Lucy’ is not direct ancestor of humans”; Apr 16, 2007
    The Mandibular ramus morphology (lower jaw bone) on a recently discovered specimen of Australopithecus afarensis closely matches that of gorillas. This finding was unexpected given that chimpanzees are the closest living relatives of humans.,,,its absence in modern humans cast doubt on the role of Au. afarensis as a modern human ancestor.
    http://www.arn.org/blogs/index.....cestral_li

    “The australopithecine (Lucy) skull is in fact so overwhelmingly simian (ape-like) as opposed to human that the contrary proposition could be equated to an assertion that black is white.”
    Lord Solly Zuckerman – Chief scientific advisor to British government and leading zoologist

  2. 2
    News says:

    Okay, vid canned, thanks for info.

  3. 3
    Dionisio says:

    Is this the same Lucy? 🙂

    Picture yourself in a boat on a river
    With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
    Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
    A girl with kaleidoscope eyes

    Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
    Towering over your head
    Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes and she’s gone

    Did she have an affair with Sgt. Pepper in 1967?

    🙂

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    ppolish says:

    Lucy should get a “Darwin Award” for that stunt.

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    Querius says:

    My bet is that Lucy was beaten to death by a Piltdown man and later trampled by a unicorn.

    -Q

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    mahuna says:

    Dionisio @3

    Child, clearly you’re too young to know the Legend that the Beatles’ song was playing on the radio when the retrieved bones were first laid out on a table back in camp. When one of the guys suggested the skeleton was female, another guy suggested they call her “Lucy”.

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    Dionisio says:

    mahuna @6

    Didn’t know that anecdote. Thank you for sharing it here.

    However, Io non sono mica nato ieri! 🙂

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    Dionisio says:

    mahuna @6

    Child, clearly you’re too young…

    Oh, yeah! 🙂
    Non sono mica nato ieri!
    I’m almost the age explicitly indicated in another song of the same album where Lucy was recorded in. 🙂

    BTW, when I heard that song first time (probably not too long after it was released in London) I could not understand the lyrics well –perhaps I was in 9th grade (middle school)– but I thought that that age Paul was referring to in his song was quite old and very far away! My dad wasn’t even 40 back then. Maybe my grandpa had just crossed that age line around that time?
    In any case, I couldn’t be more mistaken. 🙂
    IL TEMPO VOLA! Un anno non è un secolo.

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    Dean_from_Ohio says:

    As long as we’re making stuff up, I’ll say she was resisting alien abduction and fell from the tractor beam, or something.

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