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

change in our Earth's history," Potts said.

Potts is also the lead author of the new book What Does It Mean to Be Human? with co-author Christopher Sloan, published by National Geographic. The book will highlight studies from around the world on human evolution, including more than 20 years of Potts' own extraordinary field research. As a companion to the exhibition, the book will delve deeper into the discoveries that link the evolution of human traits to dramatic climate change over millions of years of Earth's ancient history, and it will also provide enriched context for the Human Origins Initiative's many program elements.

"Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?" furthers the museum's unique contributions to understanding the environmental basis of human evolution—work that will continue due to Peter Buck, a Connecticut-based physicist and co-founder of Subway restaurants, who contributed $15 million to create the Peter Buck Chair in Human Origins and to provide for ongoing research efforts and educational and outreach programs in human origins.

More than 60 U.S. and international scientific research and education organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences, the American Association
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