"Lucy" redux: a review of research on Australopithecus afarensis.

  title={"Lucy" redux: a review of research on Australopithecus afarensis.},
  author={William H. Kimbel and Lucas K. Delezene},
  journal={American journal of physical anthropology},
  volume={140 Suppl 49},
In the 1970s, mid-Pliocene hominin fossils were found at the sites of Hadar in Ethiopia and Laetoli in Tanzania. These samples constituted the first substantial evidence for hominins older than 3.0 Ma and were notable for some remarkable discoveries, such as the "Lucy" partial skeleton and the abundant remains from the A.L. 333 locality at Hadar and the hominin footprint trail at Laetoli. The Hadar and Laetoli fossils were ultimately assigned to the novel hominin species Australopithecus… 

From Trees to the Ground: The Significance of Australopithecus anamensis in Human Evolution

  • Y. Haile-Selassie
  • Geography, Environmental Science
    Journal of Anthropological Research
  • 2021
Recent fossil discoveries of early human ancestors from paleoanthropological sites in Africa and elsewhere have demonstrated how various phases of human evolutionary history were much more

Hominins from the Upper Laetolil and Upper Ndolanya Beds, Laetoli

Renewed investigations at Laetoli in northern Tanzania have led to the recovery of a number of new fossil hominins. A lower canine and a mandibular fragment from the Upper Laetolil Beds (3.63–3.85

The Alpha Taxonomy of Australopithecus africanus

  • F. Grine
  • Biology, Environmental Science
  • 2013
Questions concerning the taxonomic homogeneity of the assemblages from Taung, Sterkfontein, and Makapansgat that comprise the A. africanus hypodigm are raised.

The paleoanthropology of Hadar, Ethiopia

New fossils of Australopithecus anamensis from Kanapoi, West Turkana, Kenya (2003-2008).

Phylogeny of early Australopithecus: new fossil evidence from the Woranso-Mille (central Afar, Ethiopia)

  • Y. Haile-Selassie
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2010
The Woranso-Mille hominids show that there is no compelling evidence to falsify the hypothesis of ‘chronospecies pair’ or ancestor–descendant relationship between Au.



New discoveries of Australopithecus at Maka in Ethiopia

The discovery of new fossils from Maka, dated to 3.4 Myr ago, provide powerful support for the interpretation of A. afarensis as a single, ecologically diverse, sexually dimorphic, bipedal Pliocene primate species whose known range encompassed Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Status of Australopithecus afarensis

The balance of evidence suggests attribution of the Laetoli and Hadar fossils to a single species, andAustralopithecus afarensis does appear to be an appropriate ancestor for the A. africanus-Homo lineage.

A new species of the genus Australopithecus (Primates: Hominidae) from the Pliocene of eastern Africa

Careful evaluation of the material has led to the recognition of a distinctive suite of morphological traits distinguishing the Laetolil and Hadar remains from other hominid taxa, indicating the necessity of assigning these fossils to a new and more primitive species of Australopithecus.

Asa Issie, Aramis and the origin of Australopithecus

New fossils from the Middle Awash study area that extend the known Au.

New Palaeontological Evidence Bearing on the Evolution of the Hominoidea

Summary The discovery in recent years of a remarkable abundance of fossil hominoids in East Africa and South Africa has served greatly to amplify the palaeontological evidence bearing on the

Was Australopithecus anamensis ancestral to A. afarensis? A case of anagenesis in the hominin fossil record.

Paleoecological patterns at the Hadar hominin site, Afar Regional State, Ethiopia.

  • K. Reed
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Journal of human evolution
  • 2008

The first australopithecine 2,500 kilometres west of the Rift Valley (Chad)

This new find from Chad documents the presence of an early hominid a considerable distance, 2,500 km, west of the Rift Valley, which is most similar in morphology to Australopithecus afarensis.

New material of the earliest hominid from the Upper Miocene of Chad

New dental and mandibular specimens from three Toros-Menalla fossiliferous localities of the same age are described, including a lower canine consistent with a non-honing C/P3 complex, post-canine teeth with primitive root morphology and intermediate radial enamel thickness, which confirm the morphological differences between S. tchadensis and African apes.

Early Pliocene hominids from Gona, Ethiopia

New Early Pliocene hominid discoveries and their palaeoenvironmental context from the fossiliferous deposits of As Duma, Gona Western Margin (GWM), Afar, Ethiopia are reported.