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Anthropology- Museum

Autor:   •  June 10, 2012  •  Essay  •  513 Words (3 Pages)  •  676 Views

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" There is a delight in the hardy life of the open..There are no words that can tell

the hidden spirit of the wilderness that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its

charm. The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets, which it must

turn over to the next generation .. Increased and not impaired in value.. Conservation

means development as much as it does protection." These words spoken by Theodore

Roosevelt are what first caught my eye upon entering the museum.

This quote in itself shows how the conservation of findings has helped us better

understand who we are and where we came from. Evolution is defined as the change

through time, usually with reference to biological species, but may also refer to changes

within cultural systems. This trip to the museum taught me a lot about human evolution

and how we are all related to each other. The exhibit that I chose to focus on was the one,

which showed how the faces of a human came about throughout evolution.

DNA can be extracted from almost any living cell. Comparing samples from

humans and other living species is helping researchers to understand what makes us

unique human. Scientists can also isolate DNA from the fossils of some extinct species,

including the Neanderthal. This ancient DNA, together with DNA from living species,

allows us to reconstruct key events in human evolution. By studying the DNA from

humans, and from closely related species such as chimpanzees and Neanderthals, we are

piecing together the complex history of human evolution.

By comparing DNA sequences from humans and chimpanzees, experts calculated

that

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