The Australopithecus afarensis fossils known as “Lucy” have returned to Ethiopia after a five-year tour of the United States... The fossils will return to the Ethiopian National Museum in time for the 50th anniversary of the African Union.
"She showed us conclusively that upright walking and bipedalism preceded all of the other changes we'd normally consider being human, such as tool-making. She gave us a glimpse of what older ancestors would look like. Lucy is really at a nice point on the family tree: she sits at this pivotal point between things that are more ancient and things that are more modern." -Donald C. Johnson, 2009
LUCY’S RELATIVE Fossils discovered in Ethiopia, including this partial upper jaw with teeth, come from a hominid species that lived alongside Lucy’s species between 3.5 million and 3.3 million years ago, researchers say. ~~ Y. Haile-Selassie