Paleontologist Yves Coppens, who discovered 3.2-million-year-old skeleton, Lucy, dies at age 87


BREAKING NEWS: Famed paleontologist Yves Coppens, whose discovery of 3.2-million-year-old skeleton, Lucy, proved human ancestors walked upright, dies at age 87

  • Yves Coppens died Wednesday at the age of 87
  • He was born on August 9, 1943 in Vannes, France and dedicated his life to unravelling the mystery of human origin
  • He is famed for discovering a skeleton of a hominid 45 years ago in Ethiopia  

Paleontologist, Yves Coppens, who is known for discovering fossils of the famous hominid skeleton Lucy, died on Wednesday. He was 87 years old.

Coppens, who was born on August 9, 1943 in Vannes, France, dedicated his life to unravelling the mystery of human origin.

And 45 years ago, he stumbled upon a 3.2-million-year-old skeleton in southern Ethiopia that changed our understanding of human evolution – Lucy showed our human ancestors were walking upright much earlier than previously believed.

Those who know Coppen personally say he was a smiling individual with a great sense of humor that was sometimes provocative, and he always professed his confidence in the future of man.

Paleontologist, Yves Coppens, who is known for discovering fossils of the famous hominid fossil Lucy, died on Wednesday. He was 87 years old

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