Australopithecus afarensis, better known as “Lucy” is the Holy Grail of missing links. This female specimen is hailed as the jump between tree-dwelling apes and ground-dwelling, bipedal humans. Some skeptical scientists (including evolutionists) have pointed out the numerous similarities between “Lucy” and chimpanzees. Her pelvis, arms, wrists, metacarpals, ear structure, teeth, and ribcage all seem much more ape-like than human and better adapted to tree-dwelling than bipedalism. Consider this telling quote from Donald Johansen (Lucy’s discoverer): “There is no such thing as a total lack of bias. I have it; everybody has it. The fossil hunter in the field has it…. In everybody who is looking for hominids, there is a strong urge to learn more about where the human line started. If you are working back at around three million, as I was, that is very seductive, because you begin to get an idea that that is where Homo did start. You begin straining your eyes to find Homo traits in fossils of that age…. Logical, maybe, but also biased. I was trying to jam evidence of dates into a pattern that would support conclusions about fossils which, on closer inspection, the fossils themselves would not sustain (Johanson and Edey, 1981, pp. 257,258, emp. added).
Harrub, Brad and Bert Thompson. “Lucy Dethroned” http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/52
Johanson, Donald C. and Maitland Edey (1981), Lucy: The Beginnings of Humankind (New York: Simon & Schuster).