Re: Did Lucy have human-like hands and feet?

James Borrett (
Mon, 12 Aug 1996 14:07:25 +0100

Susan S. Chin wrote:
> Holly Reeser ( wrote:
> : Steve Geller wrote:
> Australopithecines in general are most likely cousins of the
> : > human line -- perhaps one small group of them are our ancestors, not
> : > neccessarily the Lucy tribe.

Surely all we can say is that because most of the species in the fossil
record eventually go extinct, a high percentage of the hominid and
hominoid fossils are likely to be short side branches rather than being
ancestral to humans? How different could the ancestral species at the
time have been from Lucy?