Lucy's Discoverer Disses Houston, The Only City That Likes His Damn Thing

As we noted in January, the museum exhibit of Lucy, the 3.2 million-year-old skeleton that wowed audiences in Houston, was not doing so good elsewhere.

Seattle crowds were relatively sparse, and the exhibit hasn't been besieged by offers from other museums.

The New York Times looked at the issue today, and even though Houston did a much, much better job of appreciating his work, the guy who discovered Lucy says he likes the Seattle exhibit better.

Donald C. Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who plucked Lucy out of an Ethiopian ravine 35 years ago and is one of few people close to Lucy who has seen both exhibits, said, "I enjoyed the Seattle presentation much more than I did the Houston one, because I think Seattle put an enormous amount of effort into placing Lucy's species, Australopithecus afarensis, in a broader framework."

Mr. Johanson said he particularly liked the display of prehuman skulls that suggested a kind of evolutionary ascendance on the way to the exhibit's focal point, the Lucy fossils. He also noted a lighter feature he liked, a display that used soda bottles, filled with varying amounts of fluid, to show the difference in brain capacity between humans and Lucy.

Sorry we didn't think about the soda-bottle thing, dude. We were too busy buying up damn tickets for the show.


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