Google Honours Lucy the Australopithecus

Have you checked your computer today?
Have you used the internet, or launched a search via
Did you notice anything strange?  
Moving apes replaced the "oo" isn't it? 
Wondered what the new Google logo is about? Then let's find out.

The 41st anniversary of the discovery of 'Lucy' has been celebrated with a Go
ogle Doodle.

'Lucy' is a collection of fossilised bones that once made up the skeleton of a hominid from the Australopithecus afarensis species. She lived in Ethiopia 3.2 million years ago.

First discovered in 1973, the discovery was remarkably 'complete' - 40 per cent of her skeleton was found intact, rather than just a handful of incomplete and damaged fossils that usually make up remains of a similar age.‎

‎As her named suggests, Lucy came from the Australopithecus genus, and was a member of the Hominini tribe, just like us.

Lucy was one of the later Australopiths, and is believed to have lived in what is now Ethiopiaaround 3.2 million years ago - roughly 800,000 years after her species first evolved.

Although the remains of Lucy are currently held in the National Museum in Addis Ababa, not far from where she was found, other members of her species were much better-travelled - animals from the same genus spread throughout Africa, before becoming extinct around 2 million years ago.

Despite our obvious differences, modern humans and Lucy have one important similarity - we both walk upright.

Bipedal movement is a very human quality, and scientists immediately recognised that Lucy could walk after studying the structure of her knees and the shape of her spine.

For more, click the image of the moving apes displayed on the Google search engine.

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