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Discoverer of Lucy, the French paleontologist Yves Coppens died at the age of 87 – France Bleu

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French paleontologist Yves Coppens has died at the age of 87, his editor Odile Jacob announced on Wednesday. His greatest discovery remains in 1974 part of the fossil of Lucy the most famous Australopithecus in the world. The discovery of Lucy, in November 1974 Born on August 9, 1934 in Vannes, in Morbihan, he was former director of the National Museum of Natural History, holder of the chair of paleontology and prehistory at the Collège de France. But he owes his notoriety above all to his discovery of the Australopithecus fossil nicknamed Lucy. On November 30, 1974 in Hadar, Ethiopia, Yves Coppens discovered a 40% complete fossil of Australopithecus afarensis as part of the International Afar Research Expedition that he co-led with American paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson and French geologist Maurice Taieb. . Australopithecus had been nicknamed Lucy in reference to the Beatles song “Lucy in sky with diamonds” listened to by the team at the time. This hominid fossil, the most complete ever found, is 3.2 million years old. The partial fossil of Lucy, at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Houston, Texas, on August 28, 2007. © AFP – Dave Einsel / Getty Images North America / Getty Images via AFP Yves Coppens was also on the boards for the first time in his recently living. Every Monday in April in Paris, he recounted his hectic life there in La Ruée vers l’os, a scenic soap opera “France loses one of its great men” “Yves Coppens left us this morning. My sadness is immense” , tweeted Odile Jacob, hailing “a very great scientist”. “His benevolence, his kindness, his humor, his fidelity, his erudition were equaled only by his talent as a writer, storyteller, essayist. I am losing the friend who entrusted me with all his work. France loses one of its great men,” added the editor. The scientist died following a long illness, the publishing house told AFP. He had just released in May 2022 his autobiography entitled A mammoth memory, at Odile Jacob. To display this Twitter content, you must accept Social Network cookies. These cookies allow you to share or react directly on the social networks to which you are connected or to integrate content originally posted on these social networks. They also allow social networks to use your visits to our sites and applications for the purposes of personalization and advertising targeting. I authorize Manage my choices To display this Youtube content, you must accept Advertising cookies. These cookies allow our partners to offer you personalized advertising and content based on your navigation, your profile and your centers of interest. . I authorize Manage my choices

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