After public announcement of the discovery, Lucy captured much public interest, becoming a household name at the time.Lucy became famous worldwide, and the story of her discovery and reconstruction was published in a book by Johanson.For zoom and a true 3D experience, try the 3DCT viewer. You may need to restart your browser after installing the plug-in.Rotate the model by holding the LEFT click button and dragging with your mouse.Lucy was discovered in 1974 in Africa, near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia, by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.
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Beginning in 2007, the fossil assembly and associated artifacts were exhibited publicly in an extended six-year tour of the United States; the exhibition was called Lucy’s Legacy: The Hidden Treasures of Ethiopia.
There was discussion of the risks of damage to the unique fossils, and other museums preferred to display casts of the fossil assembly.