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Sexing Fossils: A Boy Named Lucy?

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Science  24 Nov 1995:
Vol. 270, Issue 5240, pp. 1297-1298
DOI: 10.1126/science.270.5240.1297b


A controversial new analysis of its pelvis indicates that “Lucy,” the most famous human ancestor of all, was really a male. This gender-bender is also a species-splitter: If correct, the analysis implies that Lucy's 3-million-year-old species, Australopithecus afarensis, was actually two separate species.

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