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Exploring Human Origins

What Does It Mean To Be Human?

Monday, May 9 - Thursday, June 2
at the Library Center

Opening May 9

This 1,200-square-foot Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition features panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos exploring milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human — from walking upright, to brain enlargement, from the development of symbolic language to creating technology. The Library will host a variety of programs and opportunities for the public to meet and hear from the scientists who helped craft the exhibit.

Smithsonian's Human Origins Program

Dr. Rick Potts provides a short introduction to some of the evidence for human evolution in the form of fossils and artifacts.

Related Reading

  • Finding Darwin's God: A Scientist's Search for Common Ground Between God and Evolution
  • Lone Survivors: How We Came to be the Only Humans on Earth
  • Masters of the Planet: the Search for Our Human Origins

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The official companion book for the exhibit is What Does It Mean To Be Human? published by National Geographic and written by Richard Potts and Christopher Sloan. Copies of the book will be on sale at the Between Friends Gift Shop in the Library Center. Cost is $25.

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