Australopithecus afarensis AL 288-1 Lucy: from stars in the night sky to a human origin museum at Addis Ababa.

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P.-F. Puech

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Australopithecus afarensis hominid AL 288-1 picked up the name of “Lucy“ from a song to a girl with the sun in her eyes gone in the sky. This article traces first this origin back to the field camp in Afar region at Hadar (Ethiopia). It then asks why this symbolic name form is so important to establish a fossil in the human evolution tree. A brief review of the role of the name Lucy will finally point out how it facilitated the diffusion of the researches on our origins.

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Puech, P.-F. (2022). Australopithecus afarensis AL 288-1 Lucy: from stars in the night sky to a human origin museum at Addis Ababa. Human Evolution , 37(1-2), 1-7. https://doi.org/10.14673/HE2022121092
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P.-F. Puech, Institut de Paléontologie Humaine - France

Puech P.-F. 
Institut de Paléontologie Humaine, Paris and Le Zenith 1, 561 ave Evêché de Maguelone, 
34250 Palavas, 
France
Email: pfpuech@yahoo.fr