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New Exhibition Hall Devoted to Human Origins Opens at National Museum of Natural History
Date:3/16/2010

onse to a changing world. The initiative also features a compelling new Smithsonian Human Origins Web site that offers engaging interactive experiences, 3-D renderings of many of the human fossils on display and special features visitors can only experience on the Web.

"The David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins represents one of the most significant public and scientific achievements in the 100-year history of the museum, and so it is appropriate for the hall to open on the day of the centennial," said Cristian Samper, director of the museum. "The hall offers the opportunity to explore the scientific finds that shed light on one of the really significant sparks to human curiosity—our own origins. Our goal is to provide visitors and online guests with an exciting educational experience that will encourage them to explore for themselves what science can tell us about what it means to be human."

Visitors to the 15,000-square-foot Hall of Human Origins will be immersed in a unique, interactive museum experience illuminating the major milestones in the origin of human beings and the drama of climate change, survival and extinction that have characterized humans' ancient past. On entering the exhibition from the Sant Ocean Hall, visitors will travel through a dramatic time tunnel depicting life and environments over the past 6 million years. Visitors will also engage with lifelike forensically reconstructed faces of prehistoric human relatives, all designed to provide them with a sense of personal connection as they look
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