Lucy Afarensis
Sex: Female
Birth: c3.18million BC, Hadar, Ethiopia
Father: Aussie Anamensis (c3.2million bc)
Spouse/Partner: Aussie Afarensis

Lucy Afarensis

Lucy, named after the Beattles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, was raised near present day Hadar where the Awash River flowed. Her life in the open woodlands along the Awash was not as harsh as the present day desert suggests. Animal life from this period includes antelopes, and many other woodland creatures such as the cane rat.[1] Sadly, her child, Selam Afarensis (c3.3million bc) died at age 3 after getting lost and drowning in the lake.

Lucy Australopithecus Laetoliafar

Lucy on walkabout pictured here with her best mate, "Aussie"

Lucy's last name is shortenned from her full species name, Australopithecus afarensis.


Lucy probably did not die as a result of an attack by carnivores such as hyenas that were a constant danger around the Awash. Her bones show no signs of the kind of crushing and gnawing that such animals inflict on their prey.

Australopithecus afarensis

Aussie (husband) caught at an awkward moment.

Lucy's Molars were fully erupted and slightly worn so she was fully mature but still young when she passed away.[2]



  1. ^ Nature, Volume 412 July 12, 2001, pages 178-181 : "Late Miocene hominids from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia", Yahannes Haile-Selassie. (summary link- full article requires sub)
  2. ^ Institute of Human Origins page regarding Lucy.