Lucy: Just Another Chimp?
Icon of human evolution "Lucy" is no longer in the Darwinian Hall of Fame apparently:
Tel Aviv University anthropologists say they have disproven the theory that "Lucy" - the world-famous 3.2-million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton found in Ethiopia 33 years ago - is the last ancestor common to humans and another branch of the great apes family known as the "Robust hominids."
The specific structure found in Lucy also appears in a species called Australopithecus robustus. Prof. Yoel Rak and colleagues at the Sackler School of Medicine's department of anatomy and anthropology wrote, "The presence of the morphology in both the latter and Australopithecus afarensis and its absence in modern humans cast doubt on the role of [Lucy] as a common ancestor."
One comment to the article in the Jerusalem Post posted by "Lucy's Boyfriend" asserts that there are more important questions:
According to my mother, the question whether Lucy is an Human ancestor is irrelevant. Of more importance; Is Lucy Jewish? You know how moms are.
This is the kind of article that, of course, never seems to make it into the American mainstream media.