#ThrowbackThursday individual bone cells from ‘Lucy’ tell the story of her growth

This rather abstract-looking image shows a tiny patch (around 110 micrometres across) of an ancient hominid femur. ‘Lucy’ is one of the the oldest and probably the most famous early human-like primate, belonging to the species¬†Australopithecus afarensis.¬†She lived around 3.2 million years ago in sub-Saharan Africa, and her remains were discovered in 1974 in Ethiopia….