Google Doodle Commemorates The Discovery Of Lucy

Posted: Nov 24 2015, 3:45am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Google Doodle Commemorates The Discovery of Lucy
  • Google Doodle Commemorates Lucy Missing Link Find

Today is 41st Anniversary of the discovery of Lucy. A Google doodle commemorated the missing link find that was Lucy. The hominid was discovered many years ago by a paleontologist.

A Google doodle can be seen on the search engine page and it celebrates the discovery of Lucy. Lucy was the name given to an early human the fossils of which were discovered by a paleontologist 41 years ago. Thus it is the 41st anniversary of this missing link of sorts. It has been the most famous early human ancestor in history.

Lucy was the first example of an Australopithecus afarensis skeleton, the remains of which were found in Ethiopia (Africa). Less than half of the remains of this hominid were found. The extinct creature lived 3.9 to 2.9 million years ago. It was 41 years ago that the world at large came to know about a bipedal ape.

This curious creature lay midway between apes and homo sapiens. It’s discoverer was Donald C. Johanson. The skeleton shared many characteristics with chimps. Its upright gait was the chief feature that differentiated it from previous samples. It as a strange mixture of man and ape. And it stood 3 ½ feet tall.

The Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was playing at a party on the day when the skeletal remains were found. Thus it got named “Lucy” and the odd epithet kind of stuck. The size of Lucy proves that the specimen is a female.

Males were quite a larger lot than the dimensions of Lucy. Nevertheless, Lucy was a fully mature female. Lucy’s wisdom teeth were intact. And her skull sutures had fused showing a level of adulthood that had long since passed the childhood days. The bones of Lucy are preserved in a museum in Ethiopia.

Google displayed a celebratory picture of Lucy via its March of Progress doodle. This shows the evolution of bipedalism from apes to humans. It is the most common picture of evolution that is found in textbooks and in popular culture as well.

Plaster casts of Lucy’s meager remains are found throughout various museums of the world. The original remains were taken on a tour of the US from 2007 to 2013. It was feared that they would be damaged but it is a miracle that no such untoward incident took place.

Today, Lucy is a legend in the annals of paleontology and anthropology. And she will remain so for as long as there are humans on earth.

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