Middle School Institutes

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

Through July 21, 2017

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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 then bring competing scenarios to life in a virtual Ice Age Europe. In this Virtual Worlds Institute, we will work with fossil specimens from the Museum’s collections, take behind-the-scenes tours of our research departments, and meet scientists who currently work in the field of physical anthropology. 

Grades 6, 7, and 8

Two Weeks: Monday–Friday
July 10-21
9am-4pm | $1100 ($1050 Members)

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