Lucy, 3 million years old, on display at Expo

09:58, May 14, 2010      

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Lucy, a 3-million-year-old human skeleton fossil, will be on display for the remainder of Expo 2010 Shanghai.

The skeleton is a replica and its display was opened to the public on Thursday in the Ethiopia section of the Joint Africa Pavilion.

The exhibit, created 30 years ago, contains the only replica of the skeleton in the world. It was preserved in the Ethiopian National Museum in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia. The original skeleton is at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in the United States for scientific and educational purposes.

"It is equally as important as the original version, because it gives visitors at least a picture of what Lucy looks like," said Sisay Getachew Azage, commissioner general of the Ethiopia section. "It is a chance for the Chinese to know more about the origin of humans."

Donald Johanson and Tom Gray discovered Lucy in November 1974, making her the earliest known hominid, dating back 3.2 million years.

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