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Lucy's 'Big Brother' Reveals New Facets of Her Species

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Science  25 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5986, pp. 1619
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5986.1619

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First came Lucy. Then came Lucy's baby, an infant of her species. Now comes Lucy's "big brother": the partial skeleton of a large male of Australopithecus afarensis, unveiled this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The roughly 40% complete skeleton has been nicknamed Kadanuumuu, which means "big man" in the Afar language of the Afar Depression of Ethiopia, where it was found.