Science: Fossils: Lucy
Read about Lucy, one of the most famous skeletons in the world. Lucy belongs to the hominid species called Australopithecus aferensis, which lived on the earth millions of years ago. These beings walked on two feet, although they had many characteristics that resembled chimpanzees. Watch a video that explains how Lucy became a fossil and explore several interactive sites that show how humans have evolved. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on fossils.
PBS: Evolution: Becoming a Fossil
Watch a video that recreates how Lucy became a fossil. Click on the "QuickTime" or "RealPlayer" link to start the movie.
PBS: A Science Odyssey: Human Evolution
Click on "Human Evolution Activity" for an interactive look at how humans have evolved. Once you start the activity, move the scroll bar to number 3 to see Lucy. This site also has other links to short articles about Lucy. NOTE: This activity requires Shockwave.
PBS: Lesson Plan: Riddle of the Bones
This is a lesson about fossils, but don't miss the link to "Riddle of the Bones." This is an interactive game that allows students to compare fossilized remains.
This page has a photograph of Lucy's skeletal remains and a reconstruction of an Australopithecus afarensis skull.
Read about the discovery of Lucy and find out how the scientists chose her name. There is information about how she walked on two feet. NOTE: The "Communicate" link at the top leads to message boards.
Institute of Human Origins: Lucy
Read answers to common questions about Lucy. Find out where she was found, how old she was, how scientists think she might have died, and more.
Welcome to Understanding Geologic Time
This interactive site highlights important events in history that relate to evolution. Click on "Student Start" to begin. Teachers should click on "Teacher Start" for tips on how to use the site with students.
Explore the student links to learn about fossils and how they are formed. This is a good introductory sites for elementary students.
Smithsonian: Australopithecus Afarensis
This page has illustrates fossils of the species that Lucy belonged to. Click on the links below the pictures for different views and more information. NOTE: Reading level is too advanced for younger students.
This site contains an interactive documentary on human origins. There are many interactive activities where students can learn about finding fossils, go on a virtual dig, view different hominid skulls, and more.
eThemes Resource: Fossils
These sites focus on fossils and include information about paleontologists, dinosaurs, and petrification. View photographs of actual fossils. Includes a link to an eThemes Resource on dinosaurs.