Our hominin ancestor Lucy died after falling from tree, new analysis suggests


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/30/our-homini.html


#2

A little on the nose there with the evolution metaphor, eh, Luce?


#3

Fell from a tree?
Perhaps they just haven’t found her wing bones yet? (or ignored them)


#4

Okay, so show me the tree fossil.

It should be right around there somewhere, right?


#5

Seems like one of those things were we will never know for sure Also it does not matter. The fun is in the solving not the solve, I guess?


#6

She should have spent more of her time walking upright.


#7

I Love Lucy!


#8

Is that an ad hominin fallacy?


#9

Homonotso Erectus


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#11

Maybe Darwin was being literal?


#12

Well, in this modern era, lots of people fall from trees.

So in that sense, the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

Also, Lucy was named after the Beatles’ ode to LSD. Come to find out, she was literally tripping when she died.


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#14

2.6 million years between the time that trees became impractical shelters and the first evidence of human-constructed shelter. That’s a long time to sleep out under the stars.


#15


Red Meat


#16

She fell off a tree when??? The Earth is only 6000 years old. Do you think I just fell off the turnip truck?


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#18

“Whatcha doing, God?”

“Oh, just putting a few bones into the earth, making it look much older than it is.”

“Uh huh. Looks good.”

“I know. Thank you.”

“Say, you know, that looks pretty good, but don’t you think it would be more interesting if you gave it, I dunno, some sort of back story? Like say it was in a high tree and then fell and died? Something more interesting than just ‘BAM - pile of bones’?”

“You dare question your Lord God Almighty?”

Angel zapped and turned to dust.

Tweet. Tweet tweet. Twitter tweet. (Birds singing in the distance.)

“Hmm, maybe I’ll make this more interesting, make it look like he fell… like SHE fell…”


#19

:notes: Lucy in the skyy :notes:

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thud.

Too soon?


#20

Day Tripper.