Gallery of Humankind - Our evolution
A branched evolution
Human evolution is not linear. It is branched, with numerous splits and crossings. Among the 25 exhibited species, we can find some celebrities: Toumaï, Sahelanthropus tchadensis (the oldest bipedal), Lucy the Australopithecus afarensis, Homo habilis (one of the first artisans), Homo georgicus (the first hominid outside Africa), the Spy Man, a Belgian Homo sapiens neanderthalensis... Compare yourself to the 15 life-size 3D reconstructions!
We belong to the only remaining species of humans, Homo sapiens (our closest living relatives are the great apes). Interactive displays illustrate four adaptations that have marked our long evolution: the emergence of upright walking, the increasingly efficient and precise use of hands, the development of the brain, and the reduction in the size of teeth.
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The stone of Chaleux
Spy Man, a Belgian Neanderthal
In 1886, three fragmentary Neanderthal skeletons, prehistoric tools and the remains of extinct animals were uncovered in Spy, Belgium...
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Past interactions between Humans and Nature
Research theme: humankind is part of nature and the biological and cultural evolution of our species has always been influenced by the natural environment.