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Virtual Worlds Institute: What Happened to the Neanderthals? (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

July 7, 2014 - July 18, 2014


The scene: Homo sapiens and Neanderthals are living side by side in Ice Age Europe. Were they friends or enemies? Did they speak to each other, mate with each other, or kill each other? Why did Neanderthals become extinct and leave humans as the only hominid species on Earth? Use fossil and genetic evidence to investigate these questions and bring competing scenarios to life using 3-D digital software, a photo-realistic virtual Ice-Age Europe, and fossil specimens from the Museum’s collections.

You will meet Museum scientists who will expose you to cutting-edge careers in the field of physical anthropology, and you will take behind-the-scenes tours of our research departments. In addition, the Virtual Worlds Institute will provide you with valuable information about high school internships and research opportunities at the American Museum of Natural History. 

July 7– July 18, 2014 (two weeks, Monday through Friday)

9 am–4 pm

Member price: $1050
Non-member price: $1100


Apply for this institute here. Completed applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications must include thoughtful essays that meet the word-count requirements.

We offer a limited number of need-based scholarships. For more information, please email

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Check out this video about the Virtual Worlds Institute: What Happened to the Neanderthals?


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