Yves Coppens was a French anthropologist who was August 9, 1934, in Vannes, France.
A graduate of the University of Rennes and Sorbonne, he studied ancient hominids and had multiple published works on this topic, and also produced a film.
Professor Coppens was named an Ordinary Member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences by Pope Francis. On Saturday, 18 October 2014.
He was Professor at the College de France, which is considered to be France’s most prestigious research establishment.
Richard Dawkins makes the following observation in The Ancestor’s Tale: “Incidentally, I don’t know what to make of the fact that in his native France, Yves Coppens is widely cited as the discoverer of Lucy, even as the ‘father’ of Lucy.
In the English-speaking world, this important discovery is universally attributed to Donald Johanson”
Yves Coppens Family: Wife, Children, Parents, Siblings
Coppens was born to his father René Coppens and his mother.
His mother, children, and siblings were never documented, as our efforts to find out more about them came to no avail.
He died in his sleep on June 22, 2022, surrounded by his family and loved ones.