Lucy’s Legacy gives visitors the opportunity to further their understanding and place in the human family. Discovered in the late 20th century in Ethiopia, Lucy is the oldest and most complete adult fossil of a human ancestor that has been found in Africa to date. Although Lucy is only 40% complete, her species provides a likely evolutionary link to the homo genus from which human beings evolved. The discovery of Lucy not only provided this link, but also gives scientists a visible example of just how evolution and its effects can be traced in one specimen.
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.