Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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1. abbreviation for Afar Locality; see NME and NME AL for specific fossils.

2. (Latin) for Anno Lucis, in the Year of Light; after 1650, Freemasons adopted Archbishop Ussher’s conclusion that the Special Creation had occurred in 4004 BC, and that Ussher had published his conclusions in AL 5654.

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