Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia
Erin Blatzer of the Houston Museum of Natural Science extended an invitation to flickr photographers to meet up and photograph the "Lucy's Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia" exhibit at the Discovery Times Square Exposition On Thursday, July 16th from 7 pm to 9 pm. The exhbiit was open only for flickr members and since photography is not allowed at any other time it was an amazing experience.

The exhibit is divided into two parts:

Part one displays over 100 cultural artifacts from Ethiopia and tells the story of the Kingdom of Aksum. King Menelik (the son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba) founded the Solomonic dynasty and for a period of about 700 years, his descendants ruled most of what is present-day Ethiopia, Eritrea and parts of Yemen. The line of kings ended with Emperor Haile Selassie I. On display are ancient coins, books, religious items and icons, many from museums in Ethiopia. There are several videos and photographs which explain Ethiopia's history.

Part two displays the early hominids that lived in Ethiopia and finally Lucy is on display. Lucy was discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and at the time was the oldest (3.2 million years old) and best preserved fossil ancestor of man.
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