Past Exhibitions

Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasure Of Ethiopia

February 9, 2013 - April 28, 2013

Lucy's Legacy gives visitors the opportunity to further their understanding and place in the human family. Discovered in the late 20th century by American Paleoanthropologist Dr. Donald Johanson in Ethiopia, Lucy is the oldest and most complete adult fossil of a human ancestor that has been found in Africa to date.

This exhibition is an opportunity for people to better understand current scientific theory of human evolution, and to see for themselves how the discovery of Lucy continues to profoundly influence our understanding of human origins—even 30 years after her discovery.

Ethiopia is the cradle of mankind, the birthplace of coffee, the purported resting place of the Ark of the Covenant—and home to Lucy, the 3.2 million year old hominid that has become the world's most famous fossil. In addition to the real Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis), the exhibition includes two educational videos, stone tools from Addis Ababa, a life size model of Lucy, plus a thorough timeline of Ethiopian history and illustrations of evolution by celebrated artist, Viktor Deak. After being exhibited at the Bowers Museum, this incredibly rare and fragile hominid fossil will be returned to the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasure 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. The National Tour underwritten by The Lester & Sue Smith Foundation and Ethiopian Airlines.


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