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November 10 2012

Catch up Lucy! The famous human ancestor may have had difficulty keeping pace with her peers

Our famous ancestor Lucy may have had difficulty keeping up with other members of her species, new research reveals.

Comparisons of the well-known Australopithecus afarensis specimen with fossilised remains of a male of the same species found nearby have shown she may have walked much slower than him.

The results have raised new questions about the lives of early hominids, particularly about how the different sexes travelled and worked together when they may have had vastly different walking speeds.

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