Spitzer Hall of Human Origins
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.
Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Hall of Ocean Life Exhibition.
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."
Find an answer to the question, "What is human nature?" Investigate Jane Goodall's pioneering field research. And consider the vast potential of the human genome.
Explore your ancestral past and the 22nd-century possibilities of DNA research with this collection of kid-friendly titles selected for the Hall of Human Origins.
Unearth and explore a 1.6-million-year-old human skeleton. Watch a video that explains why evolution matters. And compare human skeletons with those of primates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity
Natural selection plays a large role in the evolution of a species. The following activity demonstrates this concept.
The Museum's Hall of Human Origins exhibit offers the most comprehensive evidence of human evolution ever assembled, from our earliest ancestors millions of years ago to modern Homo sapiens.
This comprehensive and printable guide will help you explore the hall with your students. It includes: