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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 that will follow, with Drs. Andrew Cohen (U Arizona), Peter deMenocal (Columbia U), David Feary (NRC), Andrew Hill (Yale U) and Rick Potts (Smithsonian). While you’re there you can also check out the new David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins.

NMNH “Hall of Human Origins” to Open 3/18

On March 18, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History will mark its 100th anniversary on the National Mall with the public opening of the 15,000 sq. ft. David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, the result of an international collaboration with over 60 research and educational organizations and over 100 researchers from around the world (including AAA members).

The exhibition hall “will offer visitors an immersive, interactive journey through the origins of human beings and the dramatic stories of survival and extinction in the midst of earth’s history of climate change.” It is one component of the “Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?” initiative, which includes ongoing research and education programs, the book What Does It Mean to Be Human? (published by National Geographic in partnership with the Smithsonian), and a vibrant website with K-12 lesson plans and additional resources.

3/12 Correction: We originally listed the exhibit opening date as 3/17. The correct opening date for the public is 3/18.

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