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Was Lucy's a Fighting Family? Look at Her Legs

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Science  20 Jan 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5759, pp. 330
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5759.330b

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA-- At the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting, held here from 4 to 8 January, a comparative physiologist contended that "Lucy" and other australopithecines had bodies built for defense against each other: Their short legs may have provided a competitive edge when males battled rival suitors. (Read more.)

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