This paper will look at known facts, theories, and determinations as regards similarities between australopithecus afarensis, apes, and we as humans fossil evidence such as that of lucy, the most significant of an a afarensis discovered by paleoanthropologists will be scrutinized. Early humans typified by the lucy fossil did walk upright but still spent a lot of time in the trees, say scientists who studied lucy and another australopithecus afarensis skeleton. Several species of australopithecus existed, including afarensis, africanus, acthiopicus, robustus and boisei scientists believe that australopithecus afarensis has more relation to the modern human being, either as a direct ancestor or a close relative of an unknown ancestor, than the other species. Of the 250 hominid fossils we found at hadar between 1973 and 1975 that led to the naming of a new species, australopithecus afarensis, the earliest bones are from 34 million years ago.
Australopithecus anamensis, a afarensis, and a africanus are among the most famous of the extinct hominins a africanus was once considered to be ancestral to the genus homo (in particular homo erectus. Australopithecus (ôstrā´lōpĭth´əkəs, -pəthē´kəs), an extinct genus of the hominid family found in africa between about 4 and 1 million years ago at least seven species of australopithecines are now generally recognized, including australopithecus afarensis,a africanus,a bahrelghazali,a. Australopithecus afarensis and au garhi the best-known member of australopithecus is au afarensis, a species represented by more than 400 fossil specimens from virtually every region of the hominin skeleton.
Australopithecus afarensis were more ape-like than humans except they mostly walked on two feet they ate a plant-based diet and lived in both wooded and open grassland habitats. Perhaps the world's most famous early human ancestor, the 32-million-year-old ape lucy was the first australopithecus afarensis skeleton ever found, though her remains are only about 40 percent. Reconstruction of australopithecus afarensis australopithecus  is a genus of extinct hominids closely related to humans the first australopithecus described was the taung child , discovered by raymond dart , and described in 1925.
Australopithecus africanus was an early hominid, an australopithecine, who lived between ~303 and 204 million years ago in the later pliocene and early pleistocene  in common with the older australopithecus afarensis , au africanus was of slender build, or gracile , and was thought to have been a direct ancestor of modern humans. Australopithecus afarensis may have walked upright and looked somewhat human-like, but they were much smaller than we are lucy died as a young but fully grown adult, and stood only 11m (37ft. The species australopithecus africanus (the southern ape of africa) was first classified based on a skull found in 1924, which seemed to have characteristics of both humans and apes but. Evidence now strongly suggests that the hadar material, as well as fossils from elsewhere in east africa from the same time period, belong to a single, sexually dimorphic species known as australopithecus afarensis at hadar, the size difference is very clear, with larger males and smaller females being fairly easy to distinguish.
Australopithecus anamensis is the earliest species of the genus and the first indisputably bipedal hominid according to paleoecological analyses (isotopes, fauna, soils, etc) (2,3), these hominids were generalists who lived in mosaic environments , eg a mix of habitat types. Fast facts about lucy (australopithecus afarensis)august 2014 wwwgenesisapologeticscom because it really does matter what you believe was lucy our ancestor in 1974, donald. Human evolution factsheet modern homo sapiens suggest that homo ergaster is much more likely to be our ancestor homo ergaster (or homo erectus) evolved about 19 million years ago.
Australopithecus afarensis is an extinct hominidit lived between 39 and 29 million years ago a afarensis was similar to slightly later australopithecus africanusit had a slender build. Though she was a new species, lucy was not the first australopithecus found that was the taung child, the fossilised skull of a young child who lived about 28 million years ago in taung, south.
The two most important species of australopithecus were a afarensis, named after the afar region of ethiopia, and a africanus, which was discovered in south africa dating to about 35 million years ago, a afarensis was about the size of a grade-schooler its human-like traits included a bipedal posture and a brain slightly bigger than a chimpanzee's, but it still possessed a distinctly. There have been about twenty other specimens thought to be australopithecus afarensis, and lucy can refer to all the specimens collectively or to the specimen whose 47 bones donald johanson originally discovered since the original lucy achieved great fame, in this article the name refers to that specimen. Australopithecus afarensis (latin: southern ape from afar) is an extinct hominin that lived between 39 and 29 million years ago in africa a afarensis was slenderly built, like the younger australopithecus africanus. Like lucy, the fossil child was a member of the species australopithecus afarensis, pioneers of upright walkingyet her apelike shoulder blades hint that our forebears may have taken longer than.