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Educator Resources: Hall of Human Origins 

Part of Hall of Human Origins.

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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. 

Educators Guide and Materials


What is a dinosaur? This activity will help students understand the difference between dinosaurs and other animals.


What kind of fossil is a tooth—body or trace? How about a nest of eggs? Or a skin impression? Examine the differences between body and trace fossils with these eight high-quality photographs.



Coming to Life: What does it take to create realistic exhibits like the ones featured in Night at the Museum?



Go on a genetic journey: quiz. Which of these four genetic traits do you share?



Science and Literacy Activities