Australopithecus afarensis

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Australopithecus afarensis ("Lucy")
Temporal range: Pliocene
Lucy replica, Museo Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Genus: Australopithecus
Binomial name
Australopithecus afarensis
Johanson & White, 1978

Australopithecus afarensis is an extinct hominid. It lived between 3.9 and 2.9 million years ago. A. afarensis is similar to the younger Australopithecus africanus. It had a thin build. It has been thought that A. afarensis was an ancestor to both the genus Australopithecus and the genus Homo. Homo includes the modern human species, Homo sapiens.[1][2]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Johanson D.C. & Maitland A.E. 1981. Lucy: the beginning of humankind. St Albans: Granada, 283–297. ISBN 0-586-08437-1
  2. Wood, B.A. 1994. Evolution of australopithecines. In Jones S. Martin R. & Pilbeam D. (eds) 2004. The Cambridge encyclopedia of human evolution. 8th ed, Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-46786-1