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If humans came from monkeys, then why are monkeys still around?
January 31, 2008 · Be The First To Comment

This is a question that one frequently encounters on various blogs. It expresses a desire to learn more about one’s origins, but reflects a misunderstanding of how science currently interprets these origins. The question has the potential to confuse, but the answer is very simple: monkeys, apes and humans evolved from a common ancestor. We […]

Chimps using tools: Archaeology’s most fascinating discovery of 2007
January 29, 2008 · Be The First To Comment

Chimps using tools: Archaeology’s most fascinating discovery of 2007 In its January/February 2008 issue, Archaeology Magazine listed what it thought were the top 10 discoveries of 2007. Among these was the discovery of tool use by ancient chimpanzees. A team of researchers led by Dr. Julio Mercader of the University of Calgary in Alberta undertook […]

A Letter From Lucy: Making no bones about it. (Pun intended)
January 25, 2008 · Be The First To Comment

The other day, I got a visit from Mike. He seemed to be quite an upstanding guy. My kind, really. I had always wondered what would happen to my family. Would they thrive? Would they all be eaten by wild animals before they got a chance to leave Africa? So many questions and no answers. […]

The Apple Doesn’t Fall Too Far from the Tree
January 24, 2008 · Be The First To Comment

Another approach to figuring out what the very oldest hominids were up to (first discussed in an earlier entry involves observing the behavior of living primates and identifying trends or patterns that have a possible counterpart in the fossil record. Among some living primates like gorillas and orangutans, there is a marked difference in size […]

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Native American Heritage Month

Dirk Van Tuerenhout · December 1, 2021, 11:24 am

Dear Haereata, Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to the day you visit the museum. Kind regards, Dirk Van Tuerenhout

Haereata Poutapu · November 24, 2021, 3:00 pm

Hi. My name is Haereata and I love the poem. Highly impressed that you will have a permanent Indian exhibition. I am from New Zealand (Aotearoa) and I am an indigenous Māori. My tribe is Waikato who are one of four Iwi (tribe) groups from our ancestral canoe called Tainui. I hope one day to visit the Museum to experience the exhibition. Kind regards.

From Our Collections: a Manangya katsina

Grant Jones · November 15, 2021, 11:37 am

I am looking for the word, s. meaning "Snow dancer" in the Sioux language.

Full Moon | November 2021 Sky Happenings

CAROL RITTER · November 14, 2021, 9:20 am

very interesting! I saw the wonderful event wherein Venus appeared to be in the arms of the new moon (was that a poem by Sir Patrick Spence?) Your picture of the airplane in front of the full moon is dated.


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