For over 45 years, the skeleton dubbed Lucy has been a topic of hot debate among evolutionists and creationists. Is Lucy a missing link between humans and apes? Or is she actually just a different kind of ape?
Looking at the skeleton alone, the answer isn’t so cut and dry. After all, the skeleton is in fragments, meaning it’s hard to tell just how long her limbs were and what her full skeleton looked like.
Because of that, scientists focus on another aspect to answer the debate: How much time did Lucy spend in trees? Evolutionists believe that the shape of Lucy’s big toe indicates she most likely walked upright on two feet. And if she spent so much time walking, then she had to be connected to humans! Right?
Not so fast…
A team of researchers in Texas used high-resolution CT scans to analyze Lucy’s skeleton. Their conclusion? She likely died from falling out of a tree. After all, her bones didn’t appear to be trampled or crushed. Instead, they appeared to be the result of a fall. And in the plains of Africa, where she was found, trees are one of the only tall objects she could’ve fallen from.
Humans, as you know, aren’t known to live in trees like apes. So what does this tell us about Lucy? That she was most likely a chimpanzee, not a human-ape hybrid!
Did Lucy Walk Like Us?
Evolutionists also believe Lucy walked like a human because of fossilized footprints found at Laetoli in Tanzania in 1976 and 1978, which look just like human footprints. In fact, the only reason evolutionists don’t think they belonged to humans is that they’re too old.
Instead of re-examining their dating methods and timelines, evolutionists assume these footprints belonged to ape-like human ancestors. And since they had discovered Lucy in 1974 in Ethiopia, they quickly assumed her species left those footprints—or at least had hands and feet like a human.
But since those discoveries, more bones and fragments from Lucy’s species have been found:
Curved toes like those of tree-dwelling apes
Shoulders that curve upward almost exactly like great apes alive today
Wrists that resemble those of apes that walk on their knuckles
Hands very similar to chimpanzees’
What do these findings indicate? That Lucy didn’t spend all her time walking like a human but rather most likely lived in trees.
So Who’s Lucy?
Despite what evolutionists say and how they imagine Lucy in drawings, this incredible creature was likely a small gorilla or maybe a chimpanzee—but certainly not a missing link or an evolutionary ancestor to humans.
Not only does scientific evidence lean toward this conclusion, but the Word of God also tells us that God created each creature according to its kind. On Day Six of Creation, God created humans and apes as two separate creatures—with plenty of genetic diversity within their respective kinds.
Remember these points next time you see Lucy drawn as an ape-like human. That depiction isn’t scientific fact—it’s an evolutionist’s interpretation.
Learn More About Human Evolution and God’s Word
At Answers TV, you get plenty of educational videos that equip you with biblical truth to understand our world and how God created humans and apes as separate kinds.
In this 16-minute clip of Genesis Impact, you’ll learn a new side to evolutionists’ theories about the Lucy fossil. Was she an apelike ancestor to humans from millions of years ago? Or something else entirely?