What does it mean to be human?

The new website dedicated to the discovery and understanding of human origins is now available from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Based on decades of research by Smithsonian scientists, “The theme of the website, ‘What Does It Mean to Be Human?,’ is one of the most profound questions humans have asked over thousands of years and is informed by philosophy, religion and the arts and sciences,” said Rick Potts, director of the Human Origins Program and curator of anthropology at the museum, whose research and vision is the basis of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Initiative. “Our goal is to provide a solid foundation for the public to explore the scientific contributions to answering this question.”

Visitors can dig deep online with stunning images, 3-D collections, interactives, videos, and social media to personalize their understanding of the question, ‘What does it mean to be human?

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