Did a fall from a tree kill Lucy?


September 01, 2016

A paleoanthropologist at the University of Texas in Austin hypothesizes Lucy died 3.2 million years ago  from injuries sustained after falling from a tree. In a paper published in the journal Nature this week, John Kappelman PhD and his team say CT scans of the original fossils indicate fractures consistent with a fall from a great height.

Donald Johanson PhD, who discovered the specimen nicknamed Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis)in 1974 is skeptical, saying post mortem bone breaks are common.

In Nature you can read the paper, watch a video illustrating 3D printing of fossils, and read more on this hypothesis, including skepticism expressed by others in this field.