This species is one of the best known of our ancestors due to a number of major discoveries including a set of fossil footprints and a fairly complete fossil skeleton of a female nicknamed 'Lucy'. This is the genus or group name and several closely related species now share this name. The word afarensis is based on the location where some of the first fossils for this species were discovered — the Afar Depression in Ethiopia, Africa. During the s, two fossil hunting teams began uncovering evidence of ancient human ancestors in east Africa. One team, co-led by Donald Johanson, was working at Hadar in Ethiopia.
AUSTRALOPITHECUS AFARENSIS: LUCY, LAETOLI FOOTPRINTS AND BIPEDALISM
Australopithecus afarensis - The Australian Museum
Australopithecus afarensis Australopithecus afarensis is one of the oldest know hominin species. Thought to have been primarily a vegetarian, possibly a scavenger, it lived in dry uplands and around wooded lake shores. Slender and small-brained, it had large, prominent teeth and walked upright, but had long, strong arms and curved fingers, making it adept for life in the trees. No direct evidence of tool making has been found but tools dated to the period in which lived have been found near A. Nickname: Lucy.