Lucy Returns Home

A famous fossil that holds key to scientific evidence of human evolution returned home in Ethiopia Wednesday after a five-year tour activity abroad. Discovered by an archaeological team led by U.S. scientist Donald C. Johanson in 1974, the fossil was then confirmed to have represented 40 percent of a skeleton of an individual Australopithecus afarensishave that has lived 3.2 million years ago. The well-known name of Lucy came from a Beatles song "Lucy in the sky with diamonds" as the song was then played to celebrate the fossil's discovery. "I think Lucy's message to humanity is really that we all have a common origin. We have a common beginning and a common ancestor. We are united by our past," said Professor Donald C. Johason, Lucy's discoverer. The fossil began its tour exhibition in 11 cities of the United States starting from July 2007. Starting from next Tuesday, the famous fossil will greet audience along with another 148 historical relics at the Ethiopian National Museum, and will be present at the 50th anniversary of the African Union.

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