October 19, 2019 – March 22, 2020
Member preview days: October 17–18
Dig deeper into the ancient human story and our shared history with the groundbreaking exhibition Origins – Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.
This once-in-a-lifetime engagement will invite guests to come face-to-face with the 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 will explore the dramatic discovery of these fossils that have never been displayed outside of South Africa – and likely never will again.
This exhibition will mark 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.
Presented in English and Spanish, the exhibition will feature interactive experiences, a simulated excavation site, and the intriguing stories of the diverse, multinational scientific teams who excavated both discoveries under the leadership of world-renowned paleoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger of Wits University.
This special exhibition requires a surcharge for members and non-members.