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Hall of Human Origins at the Natural History Museum

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Traces both human and museum evolution

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Upper West Side
Institution, Historic Site & Museum

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American Museum of Natural History website


Steven Borns (Cooper Union)

One hundred and fifty thousand years earlier, Lucy, with her boyfriend Australopithecus afarensis' arm protectively over her shoulders, strolls casually across volcanic ash steppes of Central Africa, as if ambling in Central Park on a balmy afternoon. This "Earliest Human Relatives" diorama in the Human Evolution Hall is just one of many time capsules of bygone worlds.

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