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Did Lucy Fall and Not Get Up?


CT scans of Lucy’s bones found evidence of a great fall.


A project to understand how Lucy lived might also show how she died.


In 2008, anthropologist John Kappelman and colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin scanned the partial skeleton of Lucy, the famous 3.18
million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis discovered in 1974.


Using super high-resolution CT scans, Kappelman originally planned to learn more about Lucy’s movement and lifestyle — researchers have long debated how
much time, if any, A. afarensis spent in trees.


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