Re: origin of names: lucy?

Vincent Paquin (vpaquin@CAM.ORG)
11 Feb 1995 00:55:07 -0500

Reto U. Schneider ( wrote:
: : for an article about the origin of names in science I am looking for
: : information about lucy. is it true that she was named after the beatles
: : song lucy in the sky with diamonds? where could I get details about it
: : (book, personal contact...)?

Apparently, the story is true. When Johanson and his team brought back
the fossilized bones to the main camp, the song "Lucy in the Sky with
Diamnonds" was playing while they were contemplating the fossils. When
they realized they had found a new species, they decided to name it
"Lucy" after the song. Very cool story if you ask me.

Vincent Paquin
Anthropology student
Universite de Montreal, Canada