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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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Spring 2010 AnthroNotes Online + Video Podcast

A new issue of AnthroNotes is now online (download pdf). Managing editor Ann Kaupp notes, “In celebration of the opening of a new Human Origins Hall at the Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, the spring issue of AnthroNotes is a special, expanded issue focused entirely on human origins.” It includes articles by Human Origins Program Director Rick Potts, AnthroNotes editor and Smithsonian research associate Alison S. Brooks (GWU),  and Human Origins Program education and outreach specialist Briana Pobiner. Also see the NMNH Dept. of Anthro. webpage for back issues of AnthroNotes and staff video podcasts.

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