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It's a head case at the National Museum of Natural History's new Hall of Human Origins.
Stephanie Kaye
It's a head case at the National Museum of Natural History's new Hall of Human Origins.

At the National Museum of Natural History, visitors are getting a first look at a new, permanent exhibit. Visitors lined up past the giant squid outside the Hall of Human Origins as it opened at exactly twelve noon on Wednesday, 100 years to the second since the museum first opened its doors.

Inside, the exhibit details evolution and the development of the human species. You can get your photo taken in a "caveman photo booth" to see what you might have looked like 95,000 years ago. Curator Richard Potts. "This is not a hall that tells you what it means to be human. This is a hall where we ask the visitors the question as they connect their personal lives and experiences of what it means to be human to the evidence of how we became human. "

The interactive exhibit, says Potts, helps break down the barrier between current-day museum visitors and our earliest ancestors.

Stephanie Kaye reports...

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