Despite her short stature and hirsute frame, Lucy the Australopithecus afarensis, whose discovery is today commemorated with a Google Doodle, was from a species that could be a forerunner to modern humans. As her named suggests, Lucy came from the Australopithecus genus, and was a member of the Hominini tribe, just like us.
Lucy was one of the later Australopiths, and is believed to have lived in what is now Ethiopia around 3.2 million years ago - roughly 800,000 years after her species first evolved. Although the remains of Lucy are currently held in the National Museum in Addis Ababa, not far from where she was found, other members of her species were much better-travelled - animals from the same genus spread throughout Africa, before becoming extinct around 2 million years ago.
Image:The Most Notable Archaeological Finding Lucy from Ethiopia.