Lucy – Oldest Hominid Lucy was the oldest (1) HOMINID ever discovered. Hominid – a prehistoric human (2) ANCESTOR She was discovered by Don Johanson in Ethiopia in (3) 1974. Lucy is 3.2 million years old.
Naming Lucy She was nicknamed Lucy due to the popularity of The Beatle’s song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” which was a hit in 1974. Lucy’s real name is Australopithecus afarensis. Australopithecus means (4) “SOUTHERN APE” and she was discovered in the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia.
Lucy Facts 40% of Lucy’s (5) BONES were found. She stood three feet six inches tall. She weighed 65 pounds. She had a small brain like an ape but she was a (5) BIPED. Biped – walked upright on two feet. Lucy is so important because she is proof of the(6) LINK between apes, humans and their evolution.