Remember Lucy? She was the delightfully comical redheaded early hominid who may show us an important step in our transition from tree climbers to marathon sprinters. Sure, you remember, she had that show with the Cuban anthropologist? She’d get into all sorts of trouble, like eating a bunch of chocolate and making creationists scared that evolution actually happened, and then the Cuban anthropologist would be all, “Oh Lucy!” and we’d laugh and laugh.
Well, apparently the ratings are dropping so they’ve added a baby Lucy to the show. It happens every now and again. I think they did it Married with Children. Baby Lucy is only three years old, but she already has Lucy’s knack for getting attention, since her bones are remarkably intact (oh did I mention she’s been dead for three million years? Zany!).
Having both an adult and child of the same hominid might help researchers solve the big question over whether or not Australopithecus afarensis walked upright or climbed trees most of the time, which is huge. According to a UC Berkely anthropologist, Baby Lucy (aka Selam) looks like she walked upright. Fred Spoor over at University College (of redundancy?) London, Selam has a very human lower half and a very ape-like upper half. Hm, you know what that means, right?
Yep, Chaos over at the Discovery Institute of Ignorant Pseudo-Theories! Can’t wait to find out how they spin this one.