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Paleontologist Yves Coppens is dead

The famous French paleontologist was 87 years old.

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French paleontologist Yves Coppens died at the age of 87, his editor Odile Jacob announced on Wednesday June 22 at franceinfo. Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France and at the Museum of Natural History, he was also President of the Scientific Committee of the Museum of Prehistoric Anthropology in Monaco.

He is considered the discoverer of Lucy, a fossil of the extinct species Australopithecus afarensis discovered in 1974 in Ethiopia dated at 3.18 million years.

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