Sunday, December 23, 2007

Archeologist explains link between bones found in Ethiopia, Texas
One roamed the forests of East Africa 3.2 million years ago. The other lived in Central Texas more than 9,500 years ago.

What's the connection between two skeletons found a world apart? That was the question on a recent visit to Houston, where the famous older skeleton is on display.

After Lucy, the oldest, most complete pre-human skeleton ever excavated, arrived at the Houston Museum of Natural Science this fall, we enlisted the help of Michael Collins. He is a research associate at the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas who led a dig at the Williamson County site where the more modern remains were found.

It's kind of a tenuous comparison, but a pretty good article. I personally don't know how fragile the Lucy fossils might be so can't say how amenable they are to damage.