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Obama meets Lucy, an ancient ‘ancestor’, in Ethiopia

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn watches as President Barack Obama touches “Lucy,” prejudiced of several hundred pieces of bone representing 40 percent of a womanlike Australopithecus afarensis who was estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago in Ethiopia. Photo: AP

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

On Monday, he met an forerunner of an altogether opposite kind: “Lucy”, a 3.2 million-year-old prejudiced skeleton of a hominid detected in Ethiopia.

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

“That’s amazing,” a US president pronounced of a bones, that were brought specifically for him to perspective from a museum to a National Palace, where he was attending a state dinner.

Scientists told reporters a profitable prejudiced skeleton was ecstatic personally and underneath parsimonious confidence out of a museum. Mr Obama was invited to hold one of a bones, something customarily usually available for scientists.

“We honour Ethiopia as a hearth of humankind. In fact, we only met Lucy, a oldest ancestor,” Mr Obama told guest during a state cooking after in a evening.

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

“When we see a forerunner … we are reminded that Ethiopians, Americans, all a people of a universe are prejudiced of a same tellurian family, a same chain,” Mr Obama pronounced to applause.

Politics crept in to a moment, as well. One of a scientists display a skeleton to Mr Obama referred to Republican presidential claimant Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman who claimed for a prolonged time that Mr Obama was not innate in a US.

“It shows that each singular chairman here, 7 billion people, including Donald Trump, came down by a chain,” pronounced Zeresenay Alemseged, referring to Lucy’s place in a expansion of humankind.


Article source: http://www.smh.com.au/world/obama-meets-lucy-an-ancient-ancestor-in-ethiopia-20150728-gilwqe.html