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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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182 news outlets
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25 blogs
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409 tweeters
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26 Facebook pages
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4 Wikipedia pages
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10 Google+ users
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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
Pubmed ID
Authors

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

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 2%
Portugal 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
United States 1 1%
Argentina 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Unknown 82 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 21 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 16 18%
Student > Master 14 16%
Other 9 10%
Researcher 9 10%
Other 21 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 24 27%
Social Sciences 19 21%
Arts and Humanities 11 12%
Environmental Science 8 9%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 6 7%
Other 22 24%

Attention Score in Context

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