Houston Museum of Natural Science

BTS – HOP – The Age of Man: Primates and Humans

Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2016

06:00 PM

The human evolution section in the Morian Hall of Paleontology introduces the story of our own origins.

Backlit murals representing our family tree, replicas of ancestral hominid skulls, as well as four reconstructed faces help relate this 6-million year long story. The center piece of the display represents the final chapter in human dispersal around our planet: the successful colonization of the Americas by Paleoindians. Replicas of stone tools tell the story of our growing intellect. Three skeletons placed side by side illustrate the slow adaptation to upright walking, one of the traits that make us human, separating us from our non-human primate relatives. Once Homo sapiens sapiens, people like us, evolved, there is an explosion in creativity. Language flourished, as did art, and the stone tool inventory became increasingly sophisticated.

A brief excerpt of a documentary on French cave painting at the very end of the exhibit illustrates this creativity that is part of our own legacy.

About the Tour

Because the Morian Hall of Paleontology is too large to tour in one evening, HMNS is debuting a new series that will cover the hall section by section. Led by HMNS staff trainer, James Washington, each tour will include a hands-on fossil experience or short classroom presentation.

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  • Monday - Wednesday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Thursday, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Sunday, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Free Thursdays: 6 - 9 pm (with the exception of June 21st – no free hours that day).
  • $25.00

Directions & Parking

  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking is available in our 6-story garage located on Caroline just south of Hermann Drive. Parking is just $5 for Museum members $10 for nonmembers with Museum ticket stub and $20 for all others. Some curbside parking is available near the Museum entrance and in Hermann Park.

Special Offers / Dining

The Museum offers easy access to a quick meal at McDonald's in the Grand Entry Hall. Open between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. McDonald's also offers the option to pre-order meals for field trips.

Please note: Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum exhibit halls or theaters.

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