Saturday, March 21, 2009

Lucy's Legacy

The weekend in between Robb's two surgeries Robb wasn't allowed to go to work, but he was well enough to get out of the house. So we decided to take advantage of our weekend off together.
On that Saturday we went to the Pacific Science Center to check out "Lucy's Legacy." You've heard of Lucy: the most complete, preserved fossil of a human ancestor. We were really excited to go to this exhibit to see Lucy and because the current US tour will probably be the only time Lucy is in America. The Lucy exhibit hasn't been doing too well in Seattle, due to snow, the economy, etc. The rumor was that attendance was so poor in Seattle, that Lucy may just go back to Ethiopia early instead of heading on to her next American city. So getting to Lucy was a top priority for us.

Leading up to the unveiling of the fossil, there was a fascinating exhibit about Ethiopia, Lucy's homeland. I think one of the reasons that Ethiopia released Lucy to tour around the US was as a publicity stunt. They wanted to showcase their country, and Lucy was a compelling way to do it. Ethiopia succeeded; I really think Ethiopia is a country that I want to visit (war with Eritrea, landmines, and all...of course, the Ethiopian exhibit didn't mention those things.) We finally made our way to see Lucy. For being the most complete, preserved fossil of a human ancestor, I could not believe how few fossils there were of her. I think only 40% of her fossils were found, yet from those fossils, they could recreate her and find a missing link in the evolutionary chain. It was a super good time.

Unfortunately pictures of Lucy are strictly forbidden. And we didn't have too much time to see the rest of the Pacific Science Center. But we did see a couple of exhibits. The Pacific Science Center seems like a really fun, interactive place. We'll head back there soon and check out the rest of the place.

I pedaled on this stationary bike to see how many calories I could burn in an hour. Robb says that instead of calorie counts they should put burritos on there, then I'd get a true understanding of what exercise does (or doesn't) do.
This periscope goes all the way up to the top of the Science Center and you can turn it 360 degrees to see a neat view of the city.

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