Obama Meets Famous Ancient Skeleton During Ethiopia Visit

She had never heard of Barack Obama, or the United States for that matter, and did not say a word when she met the president before a state dinner in Ethiopia. Lucy, a 3.2 million-year-old member of Australopithecus afarensis, is the most complete skeleton of an early human ancestor ever discovered. The fossil, normally housed in Ethiopia’s national museum, was brought to the national palace on Monday for Obama’s visit and helped put the ephemera of politics in perspective. The president even touched a vertebra from Lucy’s torso after being encouraged by Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged, senior curator of anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences. Alemseged said Lucy demonstrated how all human beings are connected, joking: “Every single person, even Donald Trump.”