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Famous fossil Lucy leaves Ethiopia for controversial U.S. tour
The Associated Press
Monday, August 6, 2007
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: The 3.2 million-year-old Lucy skeleton was spirited out of Ethiopia with no fanfare for a tour of the United States — a trip that some say is simply too risky for one of the world's most famous fossils.
The fossil embarked on the voyage late Sunday or very early Monday, according to employees at the Ethiopian Natural History Museum in the nation's capital, Addis Ababa. Although the departure was expected this month, many were surprised at the way the skeleton's departure was handled.
"This is a national treasure," said Kine Arega, a 29-year-old attorney in Addis Ababa. "How come the public has no inkling about this? It's amazing that we didn't even get to say goodbye."
A full-scale model of "Lucy," the celebrated skeletal remains of a female hominid who lived 3.2 million years ago, is seen at a prehistoric museum in Bidon, France. Lucy will leave Ethiopia next year for her first-ever foreign exhibition, officials said.(AFP/File) Pictured Right
Paleontologist Berhane Assaw said he worked late Sunday at the museum only to arrive Monday morning to find that the fossil and key staff members had left for Texas.
The departure "should have been made public," he said.
Ethiopia's culture minister, Mahamouda Ahmed Gaas, declined to comment.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington has objected to the six-year tour because museum experts don't believe the fragile remains should travel. Even in Ethiopia the public has only seen the real Lucy remains twice. The Lucy exhibition at the Ethiopian Natural History Museum is a replica and the real remains are usually locked in a vault.
Lucy goes on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science on Aug. 31, continuing through April 20, 2008. The other tour stops have not been finalized, according Melodie Francis, a spokeswoman at the Houston museum. But in announcing the plans to display the artifact last October, Ethiopian officials listed Washington, New York, Denver and Chicago as tour stops.
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Special Section: Science and Technology Section
The fossilized remains were discovered in 1974 in the remote, desert-like Afar region in northeastern Ethiopia. Lucy is classified as an Australopithecus afarensis, which lived in Africa between about 4 million and 3 million years ago, and is the earliest known hominid.
Most scientists believe afarensis stood upright and walked on two feet, but they argue about whether it had ape-like agility in trees. The loss of that ability would suggest crossing a threshold toward a more human existence.
On the Net: http://www.hmns.org/index.asp
Lucy, be careful!
Good cruise our elder beauty mom!
what the fu*k!!!! no fanfare? no public celebration? no parade? what kind of farewell is this?!?!?!?!
this is a shame!
SELLOUT WOYANES STOP selling us NOw!!!
that’s a great news…..but anybody knows how much the u.s.a payes for etihopia.
Yo Lucy…..have a safe trip And stay away from BIGMAC. makes u fat.
proud of u.
:good understanding .
Welcome to America lucy. I hope you won’t apply asylum, like our Professors,Doctors,Jadges and others whom are VIPs for our country.
I wish you the best!!
Ambasel….right on! Stay away from fast food restaurants
The other day the old fat geezer WEYANES “HILLA MONSTER” the president of TPLF lebawoch and geek squad ignored the scientists warninng of lucy’s fragil
bones to experment his barbaric
animalism! ato girma woldegiorgis , once again “you stole our faith in mankind” and our people proud history. The hag needs a big round of applause when he comes to texs to scam the locals for the entree fee an d I promise i will not longer patronize
a kitfo house that serves him a greasy lipids, dripping cow gut and a helping
genfo next to it brought to the HODAM in oversize LEMAT on the top of waxie
paper for this half ton doofus retire
hornless rino. do you forget a 1000mg tricoe for a desert?
she is gonna seek asylum in the Us. wait ad see.
FIRST OF ALL,AMERICA,GIVE DINKNESH BACK TO ETHIOPIA,CAUSE THIS IS THE IMPORTANT THING TO ETHIOPIA.AS YOU ALL KNOW ETHIPIA IS THE ORGIN OF THE MANKIND.
Human Race is an Evolutionary concept, and Evolution is a deadly power of devil for me. Do not play a foolish game with you.
Dile yenesawu Geta Amilak Muse He created Adam and Eve in Heaven. After they trespassed his law, it probably believed that they sent to live on earth were Ethiopia and Israel.
I don’t believe the trick of devil with out taking break 360 degree and 24 hours a day scramble around us to change and ruin our morals. I do not give my ear to hear and eye to see for the little creature who do not obey his God devil.
We Ethiopian are Creationist not Evolutionist. Evolutionist at first they were Christian, Devil was a believer,
I don’t believe the foolish talk. What did Great Britain famous scientist said? How many of people by the concept of evolution they genocidal sterilized? What are the real meaning of Socialism and communism? What are the major force that initiate Adolf Hitler to killed six million Jews? Because of the concept of evolution based on natural selection and survival of the fittest. How many of children killed by Nazi Doctors? History never forget any single actions. Now wither you leave her or send for what ever it is, I just don’t care the system of Devil who make his luxury home in your brain and heart. Hello friends you are standing on a big crack hill.
The eve of false prophet arranges his system. Tomorrow when you see great miracle 100% you withdraw from God.
Watch out friends!
first of all,america,give dinknesh back to ethiopia because it’s important to ethiopian people.second as you all know that africa is the origin of the humanrace!!!so meles,keep our dinknesh at our homeland.
DV Satmoyi / Asaylem satiteyiki
America gebash aydel, …
But U’ve got to return back
These ugly lady looks like primate Legesse Zenawi[rather chenawi],any relation at all?Can you see the resemblance on the face area?Are we sure she was not discovered in ADWA?
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