OCT 19, 2019–MAR 22, 2020

Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind

Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind may be closed, but that doesn’t mean you’ll miss out! Explore the exhibition using the Google 360 Tour.

“One of the greatest fossil discoveries
of the past half century.”

As described by National Geographic

Two new species of ancient human relative Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi made worldwide headlines and lend game changing insights into the origins of humanity. Fossils of each species will leave South Africa for the first and likely only time ever to be on display here at the Museum.

A male and female with headlamps in a tight space in a cave.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to discover our shared human history!

Come get face to face with our ancient ancestors and uncover traits we share and those that make us different. Along the way, you’ll uncover the remarkable tales of the dedicated scientists making these groundbreaking discoveries and the questions that continue to inspire them. Their stories and those of these ancient fossils will inspire your inner explorer to dig deep into our common past and reflect on what it means to be human.

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