Lucy's Story: 3.2 Million Years in the Making

    World's First Glimpse of Famous Hominid Aug. 31

    HOUSTON, August 20 /CNW/ - The world premiere exhibition Lucy's Legacy:
The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia opens Friday, Aug. 31. Visitors to the
Houston Museum of Natural Science will be the first in the world outside of
Ethiopia to see Lucy, the 3.2 million year old hominid that has become the
world's most famous fossil. Even three decades after her discovery, Lucy
continues to profoundly influence our understanding of human origins.

    In the exhibit

    More than 150 artifacts illuminate Ethiopia's rich heritage. See ancient
stone tools found in Ethiopia; a wide selection of objects from the Ethiopian
Orthodox Church, like illuminated manuscripts and crosses; a selection of
Korans from the holy city of Harar; and the first coins minted by an
indigenous African civilization. Paintings, musical instruments, basketry,
pottery, military weapons and medals and more will also be on display.

    In the last gallery, visitors are surrounded by a stunning, 78-foot mural
depicting the array of human ancestors found in Ethiopia over 6 million years.
As the landscape changes over time, so do the hominids and ancient animals
roaming its plains. In the center of this gallery, the fossilized remains of
Lucy are on display. A 3-D, scientific reconstruction of what she would have
looked like in life is on view nearby.

    At, launching Aug. 24, visitors can learn more about
life in Lucy's time, human origins, the culture of Ethiopia through the ages
and more. The site also features a blog from the exhibition curator as well as
educational and press materials.

    Press conference

    Beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 28, the exhibition opens to media. A press
conference featuring Museum President Joel Bartsch, Museum Curator of
Anthropology Dirk Van Tuerenhout and Director, National Museum in Addis Ababa
Ms. Mamitu Yilma, will be held in the exhibit at 10 a.m. Aug. 28. The event
will also be available via webcast at

    Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia is an international
exhibition organized by The Houston Museum of Natural Science in collaboration
with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Federal Democratic Republic of
Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Exhibition Coordinating Committee.

For further information:

For further information: Houston Museum of Natural Science Press
Information: Erin Blatzer, 713-639-4785 or Melodie Francis,
713-639-4743 Public Information: 713-639-4629

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