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Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins

The Spitzer Hall of Human Origins pairs fossils with DNA research to present the remarkable history of human evolution. The hall covers millions of years of human history, from early ancestors who lived more than six million years ago to modern Homo sapiens, who evolved 200,000 to 150,000 years ago.

Human Origins and Cultural Halls

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Human Origins and Cultural Halls

The Hall of Human Origins explores the evolutionary story of the human family, while the Cultural Halls examine the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific.

Please note: the Northwest Coast Hall is undergoing restoration.

Hall of Human Origins for educators

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Hall of Human Origins for educators

Humans, like all species, are a product of evolution. Help students understand the evolutionary story of our taxonomic family with this practical and printable exhibit guide.

Hall Tour: Evolution

Hall Tour: Evolution

Tour the Halls of Biodiversity, Vertebrate Origins, Primates, and Human Origins to learn about the mechanisms of evolution. Along the way, we will review some of the major branching points in animal evolution.

Understanding Our Past

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Understanding Our Past

Although the human family originated many millions of years ago, we know a great deal about our remarkable past. The rich human fossil record dates back more than six million years, and scientists are finding exciting new specimens all the time.

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