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

into the eyes and faces of their distant ancestors.

Other key features in the exhibition include interactive snapshots in time based on the actual field sites where research is being conducted, a display of more than 75 skulls (exact replicas), an interactive human family tree showcasing 6 million years of evolutionary evidence from around the world, a "One Species Living Worldwide" amphitheater show and a special "Changing the World" gallery, in which visitors can address questions and issues surrounding climate change and humans' impact on the Earth.

"The theme of the exhibition, 'What Does It Mean to Be Human?,' is one of the most profound questions humans have asked over thousands of years and is informed by philosophy, religion and the arts and sciences," said Rick Potts, director of the Human Origins Program and curator of anthropology at the museum, whose research and vision is the basis of the Smithsonian's Human Origins Initiative. "Our goal is to provide a solid foundation for the public to explore the scientific contributions to answering this question."

"It is our hope that the exhibition will expand knowledge and understanding about our defining cultural and biological characteristics and how those traits emerged during the past 6 million years—one of the most dramatic eras of environmental
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