New Webinar! A Discussion On Genes, Race and Human History

Join us on Monday, May 5 at 1pm EST for a lively webinar, A Troublesome Inheritance – A discussion on genes, race and human history with author Nicholas Wade and Agustín Fuentes. This discussion will be moderated by AAA Executive Director, Dr. Edward Liebow. Nicholas Wade received a B.A. in natural sciences from King’s College, … Continue reading New Webinar! A Discussion On Genes, Race and Human History

Touring the Hall of Human Origins: A Visitor’s Impressions

By Guven Witteveen

On March 17 the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History unveiled the newest addition to their permanent exhibits: the Hall of Human Origins. Since this museum counts 7 million visitors a year (second only to the Louvre in 2009), we can expect lots of people from the US and abroad to weave their way through the innovative displays. I enjoyed my own recent visit to the exhibit, which yielded the below photos. This first panorama displays a timeline, where a giant arrow illuminated with an Earth view points to a simulation game in which players struggle with the many factors that imperil the continuation of human life.

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Smithsonian Event on “Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution”: Free to the Public, 3/31

The Smithsonian is hosting a free public event on March 31, 2010, 1:00-2:30pm in the Baird Auditorium (National Museum of Natural History), on “Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution.” At the talk, the National Research Council will announce findings from its recent report on this topic. The public is invited to participate in the Q&A … Continue reading Smithsonian Event on “Understanding Climate’s Influence on Human Evolution”: Free to the Public, 3/31

Join an Online Conversation with Smithsonian Anthropology Curator Richard Potts

Want to participate in a discussion on the Smithsonian‘s new 15,000 sq. ft. David H Koch Hall of Human Origins, which chronicles human evolution over the past 6 million years? The Washington Post has announced that Richard Potts, paleoanthropologist and curator of anthropology, will be online today at 11:00 am ET to take questions and … Continue reading Join an Online Conversation with Smithsonian Anthropology Curator Richard Potts

Attention Educators: NSF Launches New Online Evolution Report

The National Science Foundation has launched a new special report, “Evolution of Evolution: 150 years of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species,” available via an interactive website.  The main site includes a helpful timeline on evolution-related developments in anthropology, as well as other fields. The report’s anthropology page highlights video interviews with Susan Anton (NYU) and Ken Weiss (Penn State U). Click here to view an introductory video from the site, with scientists discussing the impacts of On the Origin of Species.

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