Lucy and Her Story

Lucy and Her Story

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  • Hi, my name is Lucy! Come with me and I will tell you the story of how I became a fossil, one of the first human fossils to be discovered!
  • It all began with my death. Researchers still do not have conclusive to the cause of my death,  but it is believed that I fell off a ledge, and died in the fall.
  • R.I.P Lucy
  • I lay there for many centuries. Gradually, my fossilization began, as my body became covered with silt and sediment.
  • Gradually, the environment in which my body lay became water-filled, and this carried in more sediment, as well as compressing my body. My bones began their transformation into not bone anymore, but stone.
  • Due to radioactive dating, scientists discovered that I was 3.18 million years. I lay in fossilization for that long! In fact, I am one of the first complete hominid skeleton fossils to be discovered.
  • I was found by Donald Johanson and Tom Gray on November 24, 1974, at the site of Hadar in Ethiopia. Since then, I have been stored in a specially constructed safe in the Paleoanthropology Laboratories of the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 
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