AL288-1 (Lucy), Museo
Nacional de Antropologia,
A three part Nova series aired nationwide in February to commemorate the event. The series, hosted by Johanson and produced in part by his wife, confidently reconstructed Lucy's past using frequent scenes of aberrant human forms wondering among “prehistoric” settings.
But what was the evidence that was so complete, so convincing, so indisputable it allowed Johanson to win almost universal acceptance of Lucy's species as our predecessor? Before revealing the surprising answer, let’s first review some former "crown jewels of pre-human fossils."