So coming down out of the trees was a good idea then?

New evidence suggests that the famous fossilised human ancestor dubbed “Lucy” by scientists died falling from a great height – probably out of a tree.

18 thoughts on “So coming down out of the trees was a good idea then?”

  1. The three million year old hominid was described by the newsreader on Radio 4 last night as ‘a three million year old homonym.’

  2. Don’t be a pendant, Chris.

    My turn: New evidence ?!?! The evidence is 3 million years old.

    BWTM: look at the webbing between your fingers. It suggests early man was aquatic, not arboreal.

  3. It was actually an alcohol related death. She got pissed out of her head on fermented fruit and fell out of her tree.

  4. Chris, the correct term is Hominim. The ‘Hominid’ grouping of species includes the Great Apes and Chimpanzees. ‘Hominim’ refers to humans and proto-human species.

  5. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Bill: Hominin, if we’re being truly pedantic. Hominini comprises Hominina (humans) plus Australopithecina, which is yer Lucys and Ardis, all extinct, and Panina, which is chimps (regular and bonobo). Then you’ve got Homininae, which is hominins plus gorillas, then Hominidae (Homininae + orangutans) and finally Hominoidea, which is Hominidae plus gibbons and siamangs.

    God know how the taxonomists keep it all straight.

  6. Is Gamecock from Norfolk?

    Nah, Norfolk(pronounced norfuck) is in Virginia. Gamecock is from South Carolina. I understand the confusion. Y’all shouldn’t have named your cities the same thing we eventually would.

    My hypothesis is the Lucy’s mother was constantly warning Lucy she was going to fall while climbing trees. This instilled a fear into Lucy which prevented her from focusing on the task at hand and lead directly to the fall.

    Yes, my mom constantly told me I was going to fall and now I have a fear of heights. Why do you ask?

  7. Did she fall or was she pushed? Have Scotland Yard opened a hominidcide investigation yet? Going on Yew Tree, (do we know the species of tree) should keep a couple hundred coppers occupied for a few years gathering witness statements

  8. Sounds a bit like: “We’ll be saying a big hello to all intelligent lifeforms everywhere and to everyone else out there, the secret is to bang the rocks together, guys”

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