The history of Ethiopia begins with Lucy. Lucy was a female hominoid who
lived in what is now called the Awash Valley in Hadar some 3.2 million
years ago. The skeleton was discovered in 1974.
But why was she called Lucy? Donald Johansson, the anthropologist from Chicago University who discovered her, tells us why: "Surely such a noble little fossil lady deserved a name.
As we [his expedition crew] sat around one evening listening to Beatles' songs, someone said, ‘Why don't we call her Lucy? You know, after “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. “’ So she became Lucy.
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