Lucy Opens For Visitors

Lucy is finally taking visitors at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the start of what could be a six year U.S. tour of the world's most famous fossil. As Houston Public Radio's Jack Williams reports, the new exhibition is expected to draw visitors from all over the world.

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After years of planning, the Lucy exhibit is officially open here in Houston, the first time the fossilized bones have been on public display in America. Bonnie from Spring was one of the first to see the partial skeleton and says she was impressed.

"I think it was done in a respectful, artful manner and I brought my little one, educating her on sort of how we developed. I thought it was dignified."

The museum's Erin Blatzer says Lucy enthusiasts were lined-up when the exhibition opened.

"It was so wonderful to see their reaction to seeing the real Lucy, to being face to face with the actual 3.2 million year old hominid that is a relative of early humans and to see where we come from and the emotional reaction that people have to seeing the real thing is truly something to see."

Lucy's Legacy, The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia, is in Houston through next April. Officials won't say where she'll go next, but the Ethiopian government does say Lucy will be on display in other museums as part of a prolonged U.S. tour.

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