Witness the Human Odyssey at California Academy of Sciences
Did you know that humans almost went extinct 90,000 to 70,000 years ago? Learn about that close call, and the milestones which dot our species’ evolutionary history as you explore the origins of humanity. Following the clues that scientists use to investigate our past, you’ll discover why the seven billion people on the planet today are much more alike than you might think.
Faces from the past: Examine the skull casts of three early human species, then watch as fleshed out reconstructions of their faces appear using “Pepper’s Ghost” optical illusion technology.
Walking with Lucy: Compare the distinctive gaits of a chimpanzee, Australopithecus afarensis(the species of the famous “Lucy” skeleton), and a modern human.
Interactive migration map: Use touchscreen stations to trace our species’ migration from its African origins—one which spanned thousands of years and countless generations. Research is a pillar of the California Academy of Sciences. Learn about the work of noted Academy anthropologist Dr. Zeray Alemseged whose notable discoveries include "Selam," an exceptionally well-preserved A. afarensis fossil from 3.3 million years ago, and the earliest evidence to date of tool use and meat-eating by human ancestors.