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Videos

Meet Our Scientist: Briana Pobiner, Dietary Detective

Meet Briana Pobiner - human origins researcher and educator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

MEanderthal

Do you look like your relatives? Your prehistoric relatives? Try morphing yourself backward in time with MEanderthal, the Smithsonian Institution's first-ever mobile app. You might be surprised when you see your face transformed into the face of an early human.

Climate Change and Human Evolution

This video explores the link between climate change and human evolution.

Expanding World

Take a walk with Homo erectus as this species expands its range out of Africa nearly 2 million years ago.

John Gurche

Watch paleoartist John Gurche as he sculpts early human likenesses for the Smithsonian's Hall of Human Origins.

Video Thumbnail of a hand holding a stone tool from "Survivors of..."

Dr. Rick Potts talks about his research on early human adaptability to climate change in Africa and China.

Hobbits on Flores, Indonesia

A tiny hominin found on the island of Flores, Indonesia has shaken up the world of paleoanthropology. Human Origins scientist Matt Tocheri explains why.

Video Thumbnail of Rick Potts from "Designing the Exhibition"

This video takes you behind-the-scenes into the process of designing and building the Smithsonian's Hall of Human Origins.

Video Thumbnail of Rick Potts from "Evidence for Human Origins"

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

Rock or stone tool

How can you tell if a rock is actually an early stone tool? Watch this video to find out.

 

Language

Some non-human primates can communicate using symbols. So how are humans different? Watch this video to find out.

Social Life

Most non-human primates live in social groups. So how are humans different? Watch this video to find out.

Tools

Some non-human primates occasionally use tools. So how are humans different? Watch this video to find out.

Walking

Some non-human primates occasionally walk upright on two legs. So how are humans different? Watch this video to find out.

 

Video Thumbnail of Matt Tocheri from "Love My Job"

Members of the Human Origins Program team describe what they do and how much they enjoy their work.

Video Thumbnail of skull being imaged from 'New Technology for Old Fossils"

Members of the Human Origins Program team describe how they use cutting-edge technology in their scientific investigations.

One Species, Living Worldwide

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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