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What Is Lucy’s Legacy?
March 21, 2018 · Be The First To Comment

Whenever the topic of human evolution comes up in a classroom you are bound to hear the name “Lucy” thrown around. But who exactly is Lucy and why is she so important? Well, tracing the roots of the human family tree is a tough task. Most ancient human skeletons discovered are only fragmentary, but when Lucy’s […]

Are we there yet? Dr. John Kappelman discusses Africa and the human evolutionary journey at HMNS
May 6, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

In the history of mankind, there have been three major migrations: two of these happened a long time ago, and one (of the “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” type) happened in our own lifetime.  About 1.8 million years ago, hominids we call Homo erectus ventured outside Africa, wandering into Europe […]

Lucy’s Great Mystery: How Could Australopithecus Survive and Evolve Into Us?
October 8, 2009 · 7 Comments

Part One: She Should Have Been Caught and E A T E N ! Lucy evolved into us. Really, really (to quote “Shrek.”) Her species, Australopithecus afarensis, or something extremely close, changed over three million years to become Homo sapiens – the species that includes you and me. So we should treat Lucy with respect……. […]

Lucy’s Monstrous Misfits: The Moose-Giraffe
September 10, 2009 · 3 Comments

Dr. Bakker’s series on Lucy continues below. Check out Part 1: Lucy – Out of Africa. Not! Our Lucy and her kin were surrounded by hairy monsters – there were more kinds of multi-ton mammals than at any other time in Darwinian history. Lots looked “normal.” There were a half-dozen species that were elephant-shaped, more […]



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