Perimortem fractures in Lucy suggest mortality from fall out of tall tree

@article{Kappelman2016PerimortemFI,
  title={Perimortem fractures in Lucy suggest mortality from fall out of tall tree},
  author={John Kappelman and Richard A. Ketcham and Stephen Pearce and Lawrence C. Todd and Wiley Akins and Matthew W. Colbert and Mulugeta Yebyo Feseha and Jessica A Maisano and Adrienne Witzel},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2016},
  volume={537},
  pages={503-507}
}
The Pliocene fossil ‘Lucy’ (Australopithecus afarensis) was discovered in the Afar region of Ethiopia in 1974 and is among the oldest and most complete fossil hominin skeletons discovered. Here we propose, on the basis of close study of her skeleton, that her cause of death was a vertical deceleration event or impact following a fall from considerable height that produced compressive and hinge (greenstick) fractures in multiple skeletal elements. Impacts that are so severe as to cause… Expand
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Reply to: Charlier et al. 2018. Mudslide and/or animal attack are more plausible causes and circumstances of death for AL 288 (‘Lucy’): a forensic anthropology analysis. Medico-Legal Journal 86(3) 139–142, 2018
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