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The skeletons of Lucy (left) and Kadanuumuu (right). Both belong to the early human species Australopithecus afarensis. (Images not to scale.) I never fully appreciated how small Lucy was until I saw her bones for myself. Photographs and restorations of her and her kin within the species Australopithecus afarensis had never really given me a…

The skull of Nyctereutes lockwoodi as seen from the side and above. From Geraads et al, 2010. In 2006 paleoanthropologists working in Ethiopia made a spectacular announcement – they had found the well-preserved remains of a juvenile Australopithecus afarensis, one of our prehistoric hominin relatives. Quickly dubbed “Lucy’s baby” this 3.4 million year old specimen…