Was her branch on the evolutionary tree the one that led to us or just a dead end?Have new findings concerning the shape of her jaw (a more gorilla-like morphology1 than a human ancestor should have! Have the numerous re-datings of Lucy and other discoveries such as Homo habilis finally arrived at an acceptable set of dates?Every so often, a curious thing happens to the Earth’s magnetic field.We don’t really know why it happens, or even when it is likely to happen next, but every several hundred thousand years or so, the Earth’s magnetic field reverses. We know this, because when rocks are formed, they are indelibly marked with the normal or reverse polarity of their birth time, or chron.As an artist building an exhibit for a creation-based museum, how would you present her?Several years ago, the Creation Museum near Cincinnati began discussions to produce a new exhibit about one of the most famous fossils ever discovered—Australopithecus afarensis, commonly known as “Lucy.” Based on bones found in Ethiopia, secular museums worldwide have created hundreds of life-size models of this female primate.Or are these even the right questions to be asking? A few years ago the government of Ethiopia—ancient home to Lucy’s mortal remains for 3.2 million years2 (by currently accepted evolutionary reckoning) except for a brief sojourn in Cleveland3—agreed to send Lucy on a tour of the United States.
They are looking for candidates wherever they can find them.After public announcement of the discovery, Lucy captured much public interest, becoming a household name at the time.Lucy became famous worldwide, and the story of her discovery and reconstruction was published in a book by Johanson.Lucy was discovered in 1974 in Africa, near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia, by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.The Lucy specimen is an early australopithecine and is dated to about 3.2 million years ago.