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Is risk to famous fossil worth the benefit?


¢ Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Natural History Museum at KU, gives his thoughts on the moving of famed fossil Lucy in a story by the [Associated Press][1]. Lucy, a 3 1/2-foot-tall adult of an ape-man species, is headed to Houston for exhibition from Ethiopia, where it was found.Paleontologist Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Natural History Museum at the University of Kansas, said the most dangerous risk of damage to Lucy would be from exposure to hazardous light levels while on display."There's no question that there are dangers while Lucy travels around the country, but museums ship valuable specimens around the world all the time. The question is, is the risk enough not to allow the public to see this treasure?" he said._¢ Nancy Baym, a KU faculty member and expert on Internet communication, is quoted in a [Los Angeles Times][2] story about the way athletes manipulate the media through the Internet._NBA officials fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for criticizing referees on his blog. And NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb was left defending his mother, Wilma, after she wrote that it was "bittersweet" to watch backup Jeff Garcia succeed in leading the Philadelphia Eagles while her son recuperated from an injury."There's a fine line between being candid and getting yourself in trouble, and it depends a lot on what your image is," said Nancy Baym, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas. "There is a reason professionals usually handle that stuff." [1]: http://www.livescience.com/history/070807_ap_lucy_tour.html [2]: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-blogs6aug06,0,4777094.story?coll=la-home-sports


i_have_only_valid_opinions 10 years, 7 months ago

what is the benefit of keeping it around if no one ever gets to see it. it is just a stupid bone anyways.

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