Transformative Human Innovations: A Success

This coming week, we celebrate a successful year of discussing transformative human innovations by presenting a talk about one of humankind’s great trips – the journey out of Africa.

When anatomically modern humans left Africa about 50,000 years ago and populated the rest of the planet, they were already sophisticated hunters and gatherers, able to adapt to a wide range of habitats.This pivotal journey for humans certainly changed our planet and brought about physical changes in us. Don’t miss hearing Dr. Kappelman, one of the world’s experts on hominoid evolution who will present our lecture. He is particularly known as the person who headed the team that completed the first high-resolution imaging of the fossil Lucy. Because of his work in computer imaging, many important fossils are now digitally available for scholarly study.


A special feature of this evening, arranged just for you by the Science Museum and the Archaeological Institute, is a guided tour of the hominid section of the new Paleontology Hall at the Museum. This tour is free with your lecture ticket. In addition, prior to the lecture, a cart of objects relating to early hominids will be in the entrance of the Museum for you to handle and examine

Tickets can be obtained by phone at 713.639.4629 or at the HMNS box office

To borrow a phrase, perhaps the journey out of Africa represents ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Are we really ‘there’ yet?