October 16, 2021 | David F. Coppedge

NASA Honors Fake Human Ancestor

The Lucy mission is studying asteroids.
What does that have to do with fake human evolution?


The media, of course, love this. No supposed hominin fossil has garnered as much iconic attention as Lucy, the fake human ancestor dig up by Donald Johanson. But who cares about facts when everyone is partying for Charley?

The Lucy mission, planning to visit 10 asteroids, launched this morning from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Its mission is to study the Trojan asteroids that swarm in stable pockets within Jupiter’s orbit. Right off the bat, the BBC News drags in an evolutionary angle to a mission that will be looking at dead rocks, not life. Ratcheting up the perhapsimaybecouldness index, the article says:

The Trojan clusters are “thought to be remnants of the primordial material that formed the outer planets,” according to a Facebook post by NASA.

“The Lucy Mission hopes to expand our understanding of solar system evolution by visiting these 4.5-billion-year-old planetary ‘fossils,’” NASA says.

It is believed that the asteroids are robust in carbon compounds and may provide novel information about the formation of the planets, and possibly the development of life here on Earth, according to Reuters.

Reporter Nick Gilbertson explains why the mission was named Lucy:

The probe was named after the 3.2 million-year-old skeletal remains found in Ethiopia during a 1974 expedition led by Donald Johnson, according to Reuters. The remains were named Lucy after the hit Beatles song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

Missions used to be named after famous scientists, like Kepler, Galileo, and Hubble. Now, a mythological entity with ties to pop culture gets the honor. It also gives more notoriety to the fake discoverer of the set of bones that may not even belong to the same individual. Phys.org‘s post exemplifies the cringe-worthy boot-licking expressed by the secular media:

“Lucy is going back in the sky with diamonds. Johnny will love that,” Starr said. “Anyway, If you meet anyone up there, Lucy, give them peace and love from me.

The paleoanthropologist behind the fossil Lucy discovery, Donald Johanson, said he was filled with wonder about this “intersection of our past, our present and our future.”

“That a human ancestor who lived so long ago stimulated a mission which promises to add valuable information about the formation of our solar system is incredibly exciting,” said Johanson, of Arizona State University, who traveled to Cape Canaveral for the launch.

Other people are “filled with wonder” for other reasons, like why NASA chose to promote a fake evolutionary narrative in a space mission. For some of the problems with claiming Lucy was a human ancestor or walked upright, see the following articles:


Good grief. I feel for the children in public schools being taught stories as if they are facts. Big Science, Big Media and Big Education conspire together to ensure that students are never thought to think critically or question the consensus.

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  • R2-U2 says:

    Did Lovejoy actually restore the pelvis, or perform a cover-up as to what the real shape of the pelvis was?

    From: “IN SEARCH OF HUMAN ORIGINS PART ONE”, PBS Airdate: June 3, 1997

    DON JOHANSON: Here was the skeleton of a creature that looked like it could walk like us but with many ape-like features. The ape that stood up, it was a revolutionary idea. We needed Owen Lovejoy’s expertise again, because the evidence wasn’t quite adding up. The knee looked human, but the shape of her hip didn’t. Superficially, her hip resembled a chimpanzee’s, which meant that Lucy couldn’t possibly have walked like a modern human. But Lovejoy noticed something odd about the way the bones had been fossilized.

    OWEN LOVEJOY: When I put the two parts of the pelvis together that we had, this part of the pelvis has pressed so hard and so completely into this one, that it caused it to be broken into a series of individual pieces, which were then fused together in later fossilization.

    DON JOHANSON: After Lucy died, some of her bones lying in the mud must have been crushed or broken, perhaps by animals browsing at the lake shore.

    OWEN LOVEJOY: This has caused the two bones in fact to fit together so well that they’re in an anatomically impossible position.

    DON JOHANSON: The perfect fit was an allusion that made Lucy’s hip bones seems to flair out like a chimps. But all was not lost. Lovejoy decided he could restore the pelvis to its natural shape. He didn’t want to tamper with the original, so he made a copy in plaster. He cut the damaged pieces out and put them back together the way they were before Lucy died. It was a tricky job, but after taking the kink out of the pelvis, it all fit together perfectly, like a three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle. As a result, the angle of the hip looks nothing like a chimps, but a lot like ours. Anatomically at least, Lucy could stand like a human.

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