The American Museum of Natural History in New York will install a 45-foot-high
enlarged reproduction of Dr. Timothy G. Bromage's one-half-millimeter
micrograph of the famed "Lucy" skeleton's femur bone. Dr. Bromage, an
Adjunct Professor of Biomaterials and Biomimetics and of Basic Science
and Craniofacial Biology, used the world's only portable confocal
microscope, which he built himself, to analyze and photograph bone
fibers below the surface of the 3.2 million-year-old partial skeleton
(conventional microscopes can only illuminate such details after
they have been ground into very thin sections).
Discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, "Lucy" is perhaps the best known specimen of Australopithecus afarensis, an
early member of the genus Homo. Dr. Bromage is analyzing bone evolution by comparing "Lucy" with other early human
The installation is part of the Hall of Human Origins and will reopen on November 17th.
Added Recognition for Dr. Bromage
As if being exhibited at the American Museum of Natural History wasn't enough, Dr. Bromage's "Lucy" micrograph
was also recently named the winner of an imaging contest sponsored by the Foundation for Advances in Medicine and
Science. The prize is the cover of the journal, Scanning.