Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Loving Lucy

It’s hard to ignore the subway advertisements for the Time Square Discovery Exposition “Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia”. Who doesn't remember studying our famous ancestor "Lucy" in middle school history class?

After visiting Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania in high school and seeing ancient artifacts and bones dating back over one million firsthand, I haven’t quite been able to shake my Africa obsession.

“Lucy’s Legacy” takes it a step beyond that, tracing the incredible five million-year history of Ethiopia, known as the Cradle of Mankind.

The exhibit spotlights more than 100 artifacts, including fossils, historical manuscripts, paintings, coins, musical instruments, implements of daily use, and religious artifacts. Visitors will even get a glimpse of the world's most famous fossil: Lucy. Lucy is joined by the 47 million year old animal fossil nicknamed "Ida", on public display for the first time.

There are very few things worth battling the Times Square crowds to see, but this may be one of them.

Lucy is making her way around North America and is calling New York home from now until October 25. Tickets are $19.50 for adults.

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