Thursday, July 10, 2008

Old Bitty in the Emerald City

A very old woman is coming to Seattle in October:

Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia provides visitors with an extraordinary opportunity to come face to face with Lucy, the oldest, most complete, and best preserved adult fossil of any erect-walking human ancestor. The 1974 discovery of this famous 3.2 million-year-old hominid yielded a new species, Australopithecus afarensis, and continues to have a major impact on the scientific understanding of our human origins.
Fabulous! I do worry a little about the quality of the secondary exhibits that come with Lucy as the other, lesser-known "treasures" of Ethiopia. I don't doubt that there are many such treasures, but then again, Ethiopia is awfully close to Egypt -- they're not going to shove a bunch of mummies and scarab beetle inscriptions at us, are they? Egyptology bores me to tears.

Also, Beck, Lucinda Williams, Neko Case and many others will be playing Bumbershoot in late August. I might as well move to Seattle now.

(H/T PZ Myers)

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