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Australopithecus afarensis ("Lucy")
Temporal range: Pliocene
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Lucy replica, Museo Nacional de AntropologĂ­a, Mexico City
Scientific classification
Binomial name
†Australopithecus afarensis
Johanson & White, 1978

Australopithecus afarensis is an extinct hominid. It lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. A. afarensis was similar to slightly later Australopithecus africanus. It had a slender build.

A. afarensis may be more closely related to the genus Homo than A. africanus. Homo includes the modern human species, Homo sapiens.

The most famous fossil is the partial skeleton named Lucy (3.2 million years old) found by Donald Johanson and colleagues, who, in celebration of their find, repeatedly played the Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

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