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Monday, September 12, 2005

Lucy In The Museum With Diamonds

Maxwell's Silver Hammer Not Allowed Inside!

Ok, so the diamonds are actually on another floor with the rest of the gem & mineral exhibit. Still, it's very exciting to know that we're about to get a visit from the most famous Ethiopian since Haile Selassie:
Houston museum drooling at prospect of exhibiting famous 'Lucy' fossil

HOUSTON -- The first-ever public display of Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old fossil discovered in Ethiopia, is scheduled for Houston in 2006, to the chagrin of some anthropologists who fear the project will harm the partial skeleton.

Ethiopia, the east African country where Lucy is stored in a museum safe, hopes to encourage tourism and investment by offering the treasure to the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

There's quite a furor over whether or not moving Lucy is a good idea. Personally, I think if the old girl can survive 3 million years buried in the ground, this little trip oughta be a cakewalk.

I know I'll be ponying up my cash to have a peek. I was enthralled reading Donald Johanson and Maitland Edey's book on the discovery of Lucy. I liked it so much I bought a copy for my sister who was just entering college at the time.

On a side note, if you ever think scientists lack an egotistical side, look into the years-long feud between Johansen and Mary Leakey. Makes the earth-shattering squabble between Lindsey Lohan and Hilary Duff look like a cozy tea party. By the way, who the heck are Lindsey Lohan and Hilary Duff??

Of course, as you all know, the Flying Spaghetti Monster actually created Lucy with a wave of His Noodly Appendage as a means of testing our faith. So, go visit, but remember that the Good Recipe Book says it was all formed in 7 days. If you don't follow the Good Recipe Book, dinner will be ruined, and we'll all be sent to bed without dessert!