Human Ancestor ‘Little Foot’ Was Lucy’s Contemporary

April 4, 2015 3:28 PM

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Human Ancestor ‘Little Foot’ Was Lucy’s Contemporary

Scientists initially believed that Little Foot was far older than Lucy’s species, but according to research published in the journal Nature this week the skeleton is roughly 3.7 million years old.

Lucy, who lived about 3.2 million years ago, was an Australopithecus afarensis, a species of early upright walkers in east Africa that lived between 2.9 and 4.1 million years ago and is believed to be a direct human ancestor, predating the Homo lineage by more than a million years.

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