Human Origins at the Smithsonian Musuem

“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” -Mark Twain

The Smithsonian Museum has a new exhibit at the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins in Washington, DC.  The exhibit will take you through about 6 million years of pre-human and human history.  Their website can be found HERE

“The strong similarities between humans and the African great apes led Darwin in 1871 to predict that Africa was the likely place where the human lineage branched off from other animals – that is, the place where the common ancestor of chimpanzees, humans, and gorillas once lived. The DNA evidence shows an amazing confirmation of this daring prediction. The African great apes, including humans, have a closer kinship bond with one another than the African apes have with orangutans or other primates. Hardly ever has a scientific prediction so bold, so ‘out there’ for its time, been upheld as the one made in 1871 – that human evolution began in Africa.

The DNA evidence informs this conclusion, and the fossils do, too. Even though Europe and Asia were scoured for early human fossils long before Africa was even thought of, ongoing fossil discoveries confirm that the first 4 million years or so of human evolutionary history took place exclusively on the African continent. It is there that the search continues for fossils at or near the branching point of the chimpanzee and human lineages from our last common ancestor.  From Smithsonian: http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/genetics

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6 Responses to Human Origins at the Smithsonian Musuem

  1. Plankton says:

    I’ve been reading a lot lately about Ken Ham and the Creation Museum, it’s so depressing. It’s things like this (Human Origins at the Smithsonian) that restore my faith in reason and human intellect, maybe we’re not as doomed as I feel sometimes. Thanks for the article!

  2. thewordofme says:

    Hi Plankton, how are you?

    I’ve only seen the website so far and it looks truly amazing, and I think it will maybe get neurons stirring in some people and they will see the wrongness in religion

    • Plankton says:

      I’m doing great thank you for asking. I think the more information out there about evolution the better. I have to admit it wasn’t that long ago that I was one of the people saying I didn’t come from monkeys (a statement that only proved my lack of knowledge on the subject). I just believed what I was told to believe without thinking for myself. A little education goes a long way. If any of your readers are interested I highly recommend the following books:

      Why Evolution Is True by Jerry A. Coyne
      The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins

  3. thewordofme says:

    Hi Plankton,

    There is lots of information out there and it’s really accessible now with the nearly universal availability of the internet. These last few years I have been able to access library’s and universities across the world…the information is mind blowing.

    I would highly recommend the books you mentioned also; I have them both. I would also recommend anything by Sam Harris or Bart Ehrman…Ehrman’s book, “Jesus Interrupted” is really good, you will learn some fascinating stuff about the New Testament.

    twom

    • Plankton says:

      Thanks for the book recommendation, that’s just what I was looking for (Jesus Interrupted), ordered!

      I have both
      The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris, VERY good books

  4. Plankton says:

    Ya sold me on it. Packing up the family and leaving for Washington DC tomorrow morning. Should be fun

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