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Jul 28 2015

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THE UNKNOWN: Obama Meets & Touches Lucy, An Ancient ‘Ancestor’ in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn watches as President Barack Obama touches "Lucy," part of several hundred pieces of bone representing 40 percent of a female Australopithecus afarensis who was estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia.Sidney Morning Herald by Jeff Mason July 28, 2015 – 12:02PM 56Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn watches as President Barack Obama touches “Lucy,” part of several hundred pieces of bone representing 40 percent of a female Australopithecus afarensis who was estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia. Photo: AP

Addis Ababa: , Barack Obama came to Africa partially to connect with the continent of his forefathers.

On Monday, he met an ancestor of an altogether different kind: “Lucy”, the 3.2 million-year-old partial skeleton of a hominid discovered in Ethiopia.

Dr Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged, centre, of the California Academy of Sciences, with US President Barack Obama and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right.Dr Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged, centre, of the California Academy of Sciences, with US President Barack Obama and Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, right. Photo: Reuters

“That’s amazing,” the US president said of the bones, which were brought specially for him to view from a museum to the National Palace, where he was attending a state dinner.

Scientists told reporters the valuable partial skeleton was transported secretly and under tight security out of its museum. Mr Obama was invited to touch one of the bones, something usually only permitted for scientists.

“We honour Ethiopia as the birthplace of humankind. In fact, I just met Lucy, our oldest ancestor,” Mr Obama told guests at the state dinner later in the evening.

Dr Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged, head of the California Academy of Sciences with President Obama.Dr Zeresenay Alemseged Lemseged, head of the California Academy of Sciences with President Obama. Photo: AP

“When you see our ancestor … we are reminded that Ethiopians, Americans, all the people of the world are part of the same human family, the same chain,” Mr Obama said to applause.

Politics crept in to the moment, as well. One of the scientists showing the bones to Mr Obama referred to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman who claimed for a long time that Mr Obama was not born in the US.

“It shows that every single person here, 7 billion people, including Donald Trump, came down through the chain,” said Zeresenay Alemseged, referring to Lucy’s place in the evolution of humankind.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/obama-meets-lucy-an-ancient-ancestor-in-ethiopia-20150728-gilwqe.html#ixzz3hFCivh8e

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