Contents: 1. Brief background 2. The awkward discovery 3. My own thoughts
1.) The day was hot, the sand was bright and the hopes of two scientists began to dim. After they finished mapping the area in the morning, they nearly decided to return to their vehicle in the desert Hadar of Ethiopia, to record the topography of another area. Not long before attempting to leave, Donald Johanson, an American paleoanthropologist, decided to investigate a trench-like area located on a hillside. Upon looking, Johanson discovered bone fragments that would soon have a famous impact among the research of human evolution. It was on November 24, 1974 that Donald Johanson and Tom gray discovered fossil remains of a hominid skeleton that dates back to 3.2 million years ago. This fossil set was soon nicknamed as “Lucy” based on The Beatles’ song ”Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”. Although, that was not the only discovery made.
2.) About forty years later, there was another discovery regarding the fossils, but it was an awkward one. Other archeologists became suspicious about the late discovery, and soon realised that a bone did not belonged to Lucy. Furthermore, it was found that a vertebrae actually belonged to a baboon instead. Hear from the scientists themselves. Dr. Meyer, who has a PhD in archeology, states “We looked at every species that was potentially there – from porcupines, small cats and baboons – to see if we could match the bone to the vertebrae of another animal. Eventually we found it was the right size and shape for the baboon, which further analyses supported” (Lucy Goodchild). The archeologists soon noted that the baboon bone supposedly belonged to another hominin, the "Australopithecus sediba".