Special Sackler Lab Workshop
Human Evolution: Drawing from the Evidence
For centuries naturalists, anatomists, and artists have documented essential details of the living world through carefully rendered drawings and prints. Before the advent of photography, illustration was an integral part of scientific observation and biological data collection. From da Vinci to Darwin, these beautiful and informative records serve as some of the first evidence of new species descriptions, and theoretical insights. In this 2-hour workshop, participants will have the opportunity to draw directly from fossil casts of extinct hominins, and skeletal specimens from living primates. We will pay particular attention to comparative skeletal anatomy, depicting the morphological nuances unique to each species. Students will come away with knowledge of the anatomical changes that occurred throughout human evolution, and gain an appreciation for careful observation as an imperative aspect of both art, and the practice of science.
Date: August 16, 2014
Times: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Ages: 12 - 15
Free with Museum Admission
Visit the Sackler Lab to handle casts of hominid skulls, learn about DNA and the human brain, and ask a scientist your questions. For families with children 8 years old and up.
- Measure features of ape and early hominid skulls - such as the size of their brains, teeth, and browridges - to determine how closely related they are to humans.
- Observe the earliest stone tool technologies and determine how our early ancestors hunted and survived in their environments.
- Visualize DNA from strawberries, and even yourself!
- Assemble models of human brains to learn what parts we share with other animals and what parts are uniquely human.
- Play brain games to test your memory, visual perception, and decision making abilities.
- Use media interactives to learn about neurotransmitters and how the decisions you make everyday affect the chemicals in your brain.
If you teach 8th - 12th grade students classes and would like to book a class trip to the Sackler Educational Lab, please visit our Class Trips website
The Museum is deeply grateful to the Hall's lead benefactors Anne and Bernard Spitzer, whose marvelous generosity inspired and made possible the Spitzer Hall of Human Origins. The Museum also extends its gratitude to The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc., Katheryn C. Patterson and Thomas L. Kempner, Jr., Arlene and Arnold Goldstein, the Honorable Lucy Wilson Benson, and the Stout Family for their generous support.
The Museum greatly acknowledges The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc. for its support to establish The Sackler Brain Bench, part of the Museum's Sackler Educational Laboratory for Comparative Genomics and Human Origins, in The Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, offering ongoing programs and resources for adults, teachers, and students to illuminate the extraordinary workings of the human brain.