Sitting in the Hoglund Foundation Theater at the Perot Museum yesterday, I listened as Professor Lee Berger explained that the discovery of Aust
“Dad, I found a fossil.”
That moment would eventually lead to this moment at
Speaking a museum membership holder, I can’t wait to bring my family back to explore this exhibition!
Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind
The exhibition, which runs October 19,
Origins will mark the first (and likely only) time these fossils will be on display in the
The Origins exhibition will tell the stories of these amazing discoveries, from Professor Lee Berger’s young son coming upon the first specimen of Au.
One remarkable fact about this particular exhibition? The actual fossils – not casts or replicas – are on display.
The exhibition showcases the wealth of the discovery, and how it will generate research opportunities for many years to come. A scan of this block pulled from the cave system contains a wealth of fossils yet to be uncovered.
In the exhibit, you’ll find a glass-encased visiting scholar lab. This lab will allow scientific researchers access to fossils they might not otherwise have an opportunity to study. It was fascinating to watch their research in real-time.
National Geographic photos of the South African caves, located in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage Site, are on display. You’ll also find
Could You Be An Underground Astronaut?
You’ll even have the chance to try to squeeze through “The Chute” yourself! This crevice the scientists had to pass through is only seven inches wide at its narrowest point.
Random fact: I am far more than seven inches wide. (This reminded me of attempts to go through Fat Man Squeeze in Giant City State Park back when I was a much thinner college student. This was much tighter than that!) It was fun to try, but I can’t fathom crawling through the real thing.
But I digress.
I was grateful to have the opportunity to talk to Dr. Marina Elliott, an Exploration Science Researcher from The University of the
“Origins” Will Take You On A Fossil Dig
The exhibition will also feature a simulated excavation site. It will provide a hands-on experience using the same ground-penetrating technology that paleoanthropologists and archaeologists use for fossil exploration.
I was completely blown away by this special exhibition. If you are at all curious about where we came from, about who we are, please make time to visit the Perot Museum and Origins: Fossils From The Cradle of Humankind.
“Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind will be a historic opportunity to explore our shared human history by coming face-to-face with the actual fossils of our ancient ancestors. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is proud to be part of the discovery story that is shaping our understanding of the roots of humanity.”Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum
Origins: Fossils From The Cradle of Humankind opened October 19,
Tip: Tickets to Origins are timed entry and visitors are encouraged to purchase advanced tickets at origins.perotmuseum.org
The Perot Museum is located at 2201 N. Field Street in Dallas, Texas. Museum general admission is free for members. For ticket information, parking maps and other details visit perotmuseum.org or call 214- 428-5555.