2007 - present
Biographical or Historical Note
- Permanent exhibition. Opened February 10, 2007. Located on Floor 1, Section 4. The Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human
Origins at the American Museum of Natural History opened as the "cutting edge" successor to the Hall of Human Biology. It
is the first exhibition hall in the Museum to incorporate a teaching laboratory, the Sackler Education Laboratory for Comparative
Genomics and Human Origins (1, 2007/08, p. 4, 41). The curators were Ian Tattersall of Anthropology and Rob DeSalle of Invertebrate
Zoology. The hall covers millions of years of human history, from early ancestors who lived more than six million years ago
to modern Homo sapiens, who evolved 200,000 to 150,000 years ago, pairing fossils with DNA research to present the remarkable
history of human evolution (2).
The Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins features casts of Lucy and Turkana Boy, the Mural of Primate Evolution,
exhibits on Peking Man, Neanderthal tools, and Homo ergaster, Homo erectus, Neanderthal, and Cro-Magnon dioramas (2). The
hall received the 2009 Merit Award for the Environments category from the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (3, 2009,
(1) American Museum of Natural History. Annual Reports. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 2006-2009.
(2) American Museum of Natural History. “Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins”, accessed May 12, 2016, http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/permanent-exhibitions/human-origins-and-cultural-halls/anne-and-bernard-spitzer-hall-of-human-origins.
Information for the hall appears in the following Museum publications:
American Museum of Natural History Annual Reports for years 2006 (page 4); 2007 (page 4, 13, 36, 40, 41); 2009 (page 23, 36).
- New York
AMNH: Floor 1, Section 4.