By James MacLean
World’s most famous fossil “Lucy” exhibited in Santa Ana before returning to Ethiopia Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasure of Ethiopia open February 10 through May 12, 2013
TICKETS weekday weekend
Adults $13* $15*
Seniors (62 & over) & Student $10 * $12 *
Children (under 12) Free* Free*
Purchase tickets online at bowers.org/tickets * Pricing subject to change
Thank you to the Target Corporation for making access possible to all visitors on Target Free First Sundays and to the Nicholas Endowment for sponsoring our Family Festivals on the first Sunday of each month. Bowers also offers free general admission to Santa Ana residents, with proof of residency, each Tuesday, through a generous donation in memory of Dorothy Goerl and courtesy of the Lockhart Family.
THE BOWERS MUSEUM
Enjoy a leisurely luncheon at award-winning Tangata. Outdoor seating is also available, overlooking the Bowers historic mission-style courtyard. Browse the rare and exotic at the Bowers Museum Gallery Store. It’s more than just a shopping trip—it’s a cultural experience.
Ethiopia is the cradle of mankind, the birthplace of coffee, the purported resting place of the Ark of the Covenant—and home to Lucy, the 3.2 million year old hominid that has become the world’s most famous fossil, outside of Ethiopia. Even three decades after her discovery, Lucy continues to profoundly influence our understanding of human origins. With 40 percent of her skeleton intact, Lucy remains the oldest and most complete adult human ancestor fully retrieved from African soil.
“The display of original artifacts is crucial to the educational impact of museum exhibitions,” said Joel A. Bartsch, president of the Houston Museum of Natural Science the organizer of this exhibition. “Anyone can make a copy. But the experience of standing before an authentic historical artifact, whether ancient parchments or multi-million-year-old fossils, is a call to the intellect, to discover more about the world and perhaps even more about yourself. The Lucy fossil in particular evokes a strong response from everyone who sees her, and as such, she is the ultimate goodwill ambassador for Ethiopia. Lucy not only validates Ethiopia’s claim as the Cradle of Mankind, she also introduces viewers to the rich cultural heritage that has flourished in Ethiopia over the course of the last 3,000 years, and to the vibrant country that Ethiopia is today.”
This exhibition is an opportunity for people to better understand current scientific theory of human evolution, and to see for themselves how the discovery of Lucy continues to profoundly influence our understanding of human origins—even 30 years after her discovery. After being exhibited at the Bowers Museum, this incredibly rare and fragile hominid fossil will be returned to a specially constructed safe in the Paleoanthropology Laboratories of the National Museum of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We invite you to join us on a quest and ponder the age old question “WHO ARE WE?” and “WHERE DO WE COME FROM?”