For Educators

The Spitzer Hall of Human Origins presents key and cutting- edge evidence - fossils, genetic data, and artifacts - that scientists use to assemble the evolutionary story of our taxonomic family, the hominids. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.

Educators Guide and Materials



More Resources for Educators

Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Hall of Ocean Life Exhibition.

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Glossary

Curriculum Materials

Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Glossary

What are evolutionary trees? How do hominids differ from primates? And why is it important that humans are capable of symbolic thought? Find out with this guide from "DNA" to "variation."

Make a DNA Model

Make a DNA Model

Do you know what makes you different from a snail, a tree, or even your best friend? Find out with this hands-on look at genetic code—and build a model that's a million-plus-times larger than life.

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

How can you wear a chimp on your wrist—without getting primate elbow? The answer to this riddle is not as tough as it may seem. Need a hint? Take a closer look at genetic code.

What Do You Know About Genetics?

What Do You Know About Genetics?

How much do you know about what makes you you? Test your genetics knowledge with this interactive quiz. Then, take a nurturing look at the answers when you're done.

What Makes You, YOU

What Makes You, YOU

Nature + Nurture = You! While it may look like a simple equation, the combination of your genes and your environment is actually very complicated. Find out if your answers match your family's.

Darwin

Darwin

Did you know that for 21 years Darwin kept his theory secret? Learn more about this brilliant observer of nature and how he transformed our understanding of the living world.

November 19, 2005 - August 20, 2006

Evolution

Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Evolution

Natural selection plays a large role in the evolution of a species. The following activity demonstrates this concept.

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