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Perimortem fractures in Lucy suggest mortality from fall out of tall tree

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, August 2016
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183 news outlets
blogs
26 blogs
twitter
410 tweeters
facebook
28 Facebook pages
wikipedia
4 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
10 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor
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3 video uploaders

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Title
Perimortem fractures in Lucy suggest mortality from fall out of tall tree
Published in
Nature, August 2016
DOI 10.1038/nature19332
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Authors

John Kappelman, Richard A. Ketcham, Stephen Pearce, Lawrence Todd, Wiley Akins, Matthew W. Colbert, Mulugeta Feseha, Jessica A. Maisano, Adrienne Witzel

Abstract

The Pliocene fossil 'Lucy' (Australopithecus afarensis) was discovered in the Afar region of Ethiopia in 1974 and is among the oldest and most complete fossil hominin skeletons discovered. Here we propose, on the basis of close study of her skeleton, that her cause of death was a vertical deceleration event or impact following a fall from considerable height that produced compressive and hinge (greenstick) fractures in multiple skeletal elements. Impacts that are so severe as to cause concomitant fractures usually also damage internal organs; together, these injuries are hypothesized to have caused her death. Lucy has been at the centre of a vigorous debate about the role, if any, of arboreal locomotion in early human evolution. It is therefore ironic that her death can be attributed to injuries resulting from a fall, probably out of a tall tree, thus offering unusual evidence for the presence of arborealism in this species.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 1%
Ireland 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Argentina 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 148 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 32 21%
Researcher 28 18%
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 17%
Student > Master 16 10%
Other 12 8%
Other 29 19%
Unknown 12 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 36 23%
Social Sciences 24 15%
Arts and Humanities 20 13%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 10 6%
Environmental Science 9 6%
Other 35 23%
Unknown 21 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1882. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 October 2019.
All research outputs
#1,088
of 14,384,528 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#189
of 72,114 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#32
of 262,875 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#7
of 988 outputs
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