Although Lucy is too old and heavily mineralized to have any preserved DNA, traces of other chemicals in her fossilized bones may contain clues about what she ate and where she lived.
Lucy is the common name of AL 288-1, several hundred pieces of bone fossils representing 40 percent of the skeleton of a female of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis.
In Ethiopia, the assembly is also known as Dinkinesh, which means "you are marvelous" in the Amharic language.
There was drinking, dancing, and singing; the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” was playing over and over.
At some point during that night, no one remembers when or by whom, the skeleton was given the name “Lucy.” The name has stuck.
That's because casts replicate only the outside structure of a fossil.