Australopithecus Created by: Leana, Lindsay, and Colton
Introduction Follow us as we go on a journey back to the past! We will learn all about the Australopithecus lifestyle. We shall learn where and when they lived, their appearance, and even more!
Where and When Australopithecus Lived Australopithecus lived between five million and one million years ago. They lived in the eastern and southern part of Africa.
Their Appearance Australopithecus were very hairy and walked upright on only two feet. They were as tall as a modern six-year-old (47”-67” tall) child, their heads were as round as baseballs, they had very long arms, they had a wide waist and chest, they had knee and heal joints. The males weighed about 90-154 pounds, and the females weighed about 55-66 pounds!
Australopithecus’s Shelter Australopithecus slept in all kinds of trees. It could have been easy to move around depending on how many trees were in the area. They didn’t have any materials to help them sleep; they just found a nice tree and hopped in because they could probably swing from branch to branch. 
Food Australopithecus ate animals that they hunted, probably mostly scavenging for dead animals, and they also ate birds, eggs, insects, plants with berries, leaves, fruits, and roots. 
How did they spend their time? Australopithecus did not gather or farm, although they did hunt for their food, otherwise they would be starving. 
Tools Australopithecus did not make any homemade tools. They used things that were already formed for them; for example, they found branches, sticks, and stones. 
Fire The Australopithecus tribe did not discover how to make fire because their life was very harsh, and they were too busy fighting for their lives. 
Religion and CeremoniesReligion and Ceremonies The Australopithecus pack did not include religion or ceremonies as a part of their lifestyle. They were focused on many other things than religion and ceremonies, mainly trying to survive. 
Language Australopithecus communicated by word of mouth and hand gestures. They did not have specific words for each thing. 
Clothing Australopithecus did not wear clothes. If they had any clothing whatsoever, they would only drape animal skin over their shoulders. 
Painting and carvings Australopithecus did not paint or carve anything because they were too focused on surviving. 
Lucy Lucy was 60 pounds and was 3 feet 8 inches tall. She lived millions of years ago. She died at the age 25 or 30 years old. They called her Lucy because the archaeologists who discovered her were listening to the song “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” when they discovered Lucy. Lucy had a small brain compared to humans. She is the most complete Australopithecus skeleton ever known. 
Conclusion Now we can travel back to our own time. We hope you at least learned something more than you knew before. We also hope you had as much fun along the way as we did making it. Have a fantabulous day!
Questions Who was Lucy? Where were Australopithecus located? Name four things Australopithecus ate.
Answers Lucy was the most completed Australopithecus skeleton found. She was named that because the archaeologist who discovered her, Donald Johanson, listened to the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” when he found Lucy. Australopithecus were located in the eastern part of Africa. Four and more things Australopithecus ate were animals they hunted (probably found dead) birds, eggs, insects, plants with berries, leaves, fruits, and roots.
End Notes 1.California Vistas Ancient Civilizations, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, NY, 2007, p. 65. 2.www.earlyhominidevolution.comwww.earlyhominidevolution.com 3.Ibid. 4.Kearns, Marsha, “Australopithecus,” Early Humans, p. 1. 5.Ibid. 6.“Australopithecus,” Australopithecus, http://www.earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/. 7.California Vistas Ancient Civilizations, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, NY, 2007, p. 65. 8.Ibid. 9.“Australopithecus,” Australopithecus, http://www.earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/. 10.Ibid. 11.Ibid. 12.California Vistas Ancient Civilizations, Macmillan McGraw-Hill, NY, 2007, p. 67.
Bibliography “Australopithecus.” Australopithecus. http://www.earlyhumans.mrdonn.org/. California Visits Ancient Civilizations. Macmillan/McGraw Hill: New York, NY, 2007. Kearns, Marsha.“Australopithecus.” Early Humans. Creative Teaching Press: CA, 1993. www.earlyhominidevolution.com
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