Diego Museum of Man was awarded a $2 million grant from the
Science Foundation to explore this question and present science-based,
interactive, and entertaining answers. The resulting exhibit Footsteps
Through Time: 4 Million Years of Human Evolution, with exciting related
Public Education Programs, opened in February, 2002.
7,000-square-foot interactive exhibit takes visitors on a journey through
time and reflects the major scientific strides made in unraveling the
mysteries of our uniquely human characteristics including bipedalism,
brain size, and symbolic language. As visitors, you can touch and compare
fossil casts of primates and hominids; experience how Lucy, an australopithecine,
used simple tools to catch termites; view a Neandertal burial; and walk
through a Cro-Magnon cave decorated with astonishing cave art. Other topics
such as time, genetics, geology, and the role of environment in evolution
come to life through hands-on, inquiry-based discovery.
The goals of this education website mirror the larger goals of the entire
· To show science as a powerful tool for understanding our past
· To encourage young people, especially girls, to consider a career
· To offer new ways for teachers to include the study of human
biological evolution in science curricula.
website also serves as a resource for students and families locally and
nationally by presenting the story of human biocultural evolution in an
innovative, fun, and interactive way through stimulating visuals and downloadable
and on-screen activities like games, crafts, and puzzles. Students can
use this Website for research information and as a springboard for diving
deeper into the subject by consulting a bulletin board of breakthrough
finds in paleoanthropology and related fields.