No Summer Break for Lucy, More Money for Woyanne – Jan Westmark , Celebrity News Service

April 30th, 2008 Print Print Email Email

Houston, TX (CNS) – Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old adult human skeleton retrieved from African soil, is currently on exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The display is entitled, “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia,” and Lucy’s stay in Houston has been extended until September 1. (more…)

Houston, TX (CNS) – Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old adult human skeleton retrieved from African soil, is currently on exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The display is entitled, “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia,” and Lucy’s stay in Houston has been extended until September 1.

“The exhibit has been very well received; as a result, we are delighted to be able to extend its run through the summer,” said Dirk Van Tuerenhout, curator of anthropology for the Houston Museum of Natural Science, in an exclusive interview with Celebrity News Service.

“This allows us to share Ethiopia’s past not only with additional visitors, but also with a different demographic: during the school year, we have seen a lot of school groups come through. The summer tends to bring more families.”

Tuerenhout said it took almost six years to prepare Lucy and six weeks to set the exhibit up in Houston. “The Houston Museum of Natural Science is the world premiere venue of this exhibit. However, from 1975 to 1980, she was at the Cleveland Museum of Natural Science,” Tuerenhout said. “The general public did not have access to her then, as she was being studied by the then museum curator of anthropology and discoverer of Lucy, Dr. Donald Johanson and his colleagues.”

Tuerenhout said the reaction to Lucy has been varied, ranging from appreciation for Ethiopia’s historical past to gratitude to the Ethiopian people for allowing Lucy to travel to the U.S. to be seen by the general public.

“A remarkable reaction came from an Ethiopian visitor who expressed his appreciation at the end of a guided tour. He shared that he felt proud to be an Ethiopian and that, because of the exhibit, he now had a better understanding of who he was as a human being,” Tuerenhout told Celebrity News Service.

More than 170,000 visitors have already seen “Lucy’s Legacy,” and she will remain on exhibit in Houston until September 1, 2008.

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