Exhibit Floorplan

Explore this interactive floor plan of the Hall of Human Origins, which provides a description of the main highlights and an image for each section of the exhibition.

How Do We Know?

The aim of science is to build more accurate and powerful natural explanations of how the world works—and that requires testing ideas with observations and evidence to build scientific hypotheses and to generate predictions. The following examples explain how different kinds of evidence help scientists "know what we know", and how we use that evidence to draw conclusions about what happened in the past.

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Introduction to Human Evolution

Human evolution


Human evolution is the lengthy process of change by which people originated from apelike ancestors. Scientific evidence shows that the physical and behavioral traits shared by all people originated from apelike ancestors and evolved over a period of approximately six million years.

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