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Human Origins

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

The newest permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, tells the epic story of human evolution and how the defining characteristics of our species have evolved over 6 million years as our ancestors adapted to a changing world.



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Human Origins
Oct 7, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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Dr. Rick Potts talks about his research on early human adaptability to climate change in Africa and China.
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Oct 7, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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Members of the Human Origins Program team describe how they use cutting-edge technology in their scientific investigations.
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How can you tell if a rock is actually an early stone tool? Watch this video to find out. Note: This video is silent.
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Oct 7, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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This video suggests how climate change has influenced human evolution over millions of years. Note: This video is silent.
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Oct 7, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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The amazing story of adaptation and survival in our species, Homo sapiens, is written in the language of our genes, in every cell of our bodies—as well as in the fossil and behavioral evidence. Explore the African origins of modern humans about 200,000 years ago and celebrate our species’ epic journey around the world in this video: “One Species, Living Worldwide".
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Oct 7, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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A tiny hominin found on the island of Flores, Indonesia has shaken up the world of paleoanthropology. Human Origins scientist Matt Tocheri explains why.
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Oct 7, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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Members of the Human Origins Program team describe what they do and how much they enjoy their work.
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Oct 7, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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This video shows how Homo erectus slowly expanded its range out of Africa and examines the different environments they encountered. Note: This video is silent.
Human Origins
Oct 3, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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Dr. Rick Potts provides a video short introduction to some of the evidence for human evolution, in the form of fossils and artifacts.
Human Origins
Apr 13, 2011 Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
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Meet Briana Pobiner -- human origins researcher and educator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Briana tells what it's like to be a human evolution expert, why it matters, and how she got here. Digging up early human and animal remains from the field in Africa, performing examination and publishing research about her findings, then enticing and educating the public about the implications are all in a week's work for Dr. Pobiner.