It’s on The News Hour right now. The fossilized bones of a mostly bipedal specimen have been found and analyzed. It took 17 years. The fossils are 4.4 million years old. In other words, they predate Lucy. The site is in Ethiopia — just like Lucy’s site is — and so the fossils are a national treasure and will be kept there. Also, the Ethiopians had a major part in the excavations and analysis.
This is one of those times I wish I had cable or satellite because the special about the whole process will be on the Discovery Channel. It airs on October 11th, so perhaps I can persuade a friend to figure out how to record it so I can play it on my DVR . . . . .