is classified as an ape, not a human. It is a Hominid - that is, an ape closely related to human beings. Afarensis is a recently discovered Hominid species which lived in north east Africa (Ethiopia).
Until 1995, this species was the earliest known member of the Hominid family. Fragments of more than 300 individuals of Australopithicus afarensis have been discovered so far, including a remarkably complete skeleton of an adult female nicknamed Lucy.
( In 1995 there was another discovery in Ethiopia of a creature possibly ancestral to A. afarensis. The species name for this creature is ramidus, after an Ethiopian word meaning 'root'. Its teeth and other bones are even more chimp-like than Lucy's. Ramidus lived about 4-5 million years ago ).
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form the University of Washington.