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.