Perot Museum, Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind


August 01, 2020 to December 31, 2020


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Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind will not reopen to the public, but now you can experience exhibition like never before through the Perot Museum of Nature and Science's Google virtual tour.

Explore the new digital tour with 360 degree images that allow you to approach Neo and Karabo, two ancient species that National Geographic and the Smithsonian named among the most important discoveries of the past decade.

Dig deeper into the ancient human story and our shared history with this groundbreaking exhibition. This once-in-a-lifetime engagement invites guests to view actual fossils of Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi – two recently discovered species of ancient human relatives that are shaping our understanding of the origins of humanity.

Created in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) in South Africa and the National Geographic Society, the 5,000-square-foot exhibition explores the dramatic discovery of these fossils that have never been displayed outside of South Africa – and likely never will again.

This exhibition marked the first time ancient hominin fossils have traveled for public display since “Lucy” (Australopithecus afarensis) between 2007 and 2013. Wits University is the official custodian of the fossils.