Lucy the Beginnings of Humankind by Dr. Donald Johanson is the story of an earth-shattering find in anthropology. In 1974 in the desolate Afar region of Ehtiopia, Johanson made one of the most, if not the most, significant finds in the history of anthropology - a partial skeleton of an adult female biped primate dated approximately 3.2 million years ago. This pushed back the origin of biped primates by millions of years. Johanson's find fueled the debate over whether the development of language and intelligence preceded the development of bipedalism. Up until Lucy, there was controversy over which came first. Lucy's fossilized skeletal remains proved that bipedalism preceded higher primate intelligence. Lucy's skull is much more ape-like than human like which supports the hypothesis that homo intelligence levels were not present during Lucy's reign. A new species was discovered (Australopithecus afarensis), and the study of human evolution was changed forever. This is a great tale of the discovery as well as the ups and downs of the data analysis and interpretation.