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The American Museum of Natural History's Spitzer Hall Of Human Origins

Introduction The American Museum of Natural History's Spitzer Hall Of Human Origins is an Archeological depiction of the evolution of hominids The Meet Your Relatives portion of the exhibit displays the fossils and artifacts of early hominids and their development Archaeological definition refers to hominids as being a part of a family which includes apes gorillas chimps along with humans and their fossils After a close look at the skeletal structure of the fossil on exhibition it is evident that differences exist between the chimpanzee Pan troglodytes human homo sapien and neanderthal Homo neanderthalensis By contrast there are also some similarities between the fossils Darwin's theory of evolution equates the similarities to the process of natural selection An overview of Darwin's theory will seek to understand how and why hominids have evolved Darwin's Theory of Evolution According to Darwin's Theory of evolution species have evolved from earlier species As a result of natural selection individuals tend to pass on heritable features that enable them to cope better with their environment to future generations Over time populations of individuals will exhibit more of the better adapted features Spitzer Hall of Human Origins Glossary AMNH 2018 In other words natural selection is based on the species ability to adapt and reproduce Archaeological research suggests that there was diversity among the hominids It is believed that humans are the only remaining descendants of a once varied family of primates called Hominidae In different places over the past six or seven million years groups of early hominids adapted to their habitats and many distinct species emerged 

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