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2a. "I Love Lucy"
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Lucy belonged to genus Australopithecus and the species afarensis, but she also ...

Lucy belonged to genus Australopithecus and the species afarensis, but she also belonged to the the hominid family (hominidae) to which humans belong. Although humans are of the family hominidae, we are not of Lucy's genus or species. We are Homo sapiens. How then, can Lucy be our ancient ancestor if we belong to a different genus and species? It's because humans and Lucy share a taxonomy up to the point of genus and species; there are many shared characteristics, but there are differences and these differences place humans in our own genus and species.

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Ancient History
Archaeology
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Independence Hall Association
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Ancient Civilizations
Becoming Human: Interactive Documentary
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Becoming Human is an interactive documentary experience that tells the story of ...

Becoming Human is an interactive documentary experience that tells the story of human origins. Multimedia, research and scholarship are presented to promote greater understanding of the course of human evolution. This site includes classroom materials, subject-designed exercises, games and activities to help make connections between the concepts that are presented and student learning. PDF versions of the resources may be downloaded from the site.

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Arts and Humanities
Anthropology
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Institute of Human Origins
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Becoming Human
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