Lucy - One of Our Oldest Human Ancestors. Who were our human ancestors? Meet one of the oldest: Lucy. Lucy was a member of a species of hominids that made up some of our oldest human ancestors. Lucy's skeleton is the most complete ancestral skeletal ever to be found and the only one to be named after a Beatles song. Read on here: http://bellaonline.com/a/18240
Selam, a 3.3-million-year-old human ancestor (Australopithecus afarensis specimen) from Ethiopia. She is known as "The World's Oldest Child", because she is the oldest known fossil of a child. The skeleton comprises almost the entire skull and torso and many parts of the limbs. The features of the skeleton suggest adaptation to walking upright as well as tree-climbing.
Australopithecus afarensis (the species of the well-known "Lucy" skeleton) was an upright walking species, but the question of whether it also spent much of its time in trees has been the subject of much debate, partly because a complete set of A. afarensis shoulder blades has never before been available for study.
The Naturmuseum Senckenberg in Frankfurt, Germany - Senckenberg contains the most comprehensive exhibition of large dinosaurs in Europe. One particularly fascinating attraction is a dinosaur fossil with its scaled skin preserved. Another remarkable exhibit is a cast of the famous Lucy, a skeleton of an Australopithecus afarensis, a hominid from 3.2 million years ago.