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About The Exhibit

Discover the process of evolution and its profound impact on humans in this highly interactive exhibition. In Human Evolution, visitors have an opportunity to engage with a variety of multi-media programs, as well as view and touch more than 100 casts of fossil bones from primate and human evolutionary records. Explore the first 200 million years of human evolution in this rich exploration of physical anthropology and its relationship to evolutionary science.


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Contact Information

Penn Museum
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
p. (215) 898-4000



Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years is designed by Toronto-based Reich + Petch Design International, whose work includes the Smithsonian’s Hall of Mammals in the National Museum of Natural History. The interactive elements and A/V components are produced by Chedd-Angier-Lewis, producers for the PBS series NOVA and Frontline, with exhibition interpretation by Blue Sky Design.

NSF LogoIn addition to support from the National Science Foundation, Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years is made possible by the generous contributions of many individual, corporate, and foundation donors, including A. T. Chadwick Co., Andrea M. Baldeck, M.D. and William M. Hollis, Jr., DuPont Company, Dr. Leslie Hudson, Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Arts and Education Fund, Diane vS. Levy and Robert M. Levy, A. Bruce and Margaret Mainwaring, P. Agnes, Inc., Park Avenue Charitable Fund, Schering-Plough Corporation; Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg Foundation, Eric J. and Barbara Schoenberg, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, The Women’s Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, Wyeth and anonymous donors. Planning for this project was supported by the Heritage Philadelphia Program at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, and administered by The University of the Arts. This website was designed by Night Kitchen Interactive.


Meet The Curators

Dr. Janet Monge

Dr. Janet Monge Acting Curator, Physical Anthropology; Keeper of Physical Anthropology; Associate Director, Casting Program, University of Pennsylvania Museum; Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania.

Janet Monge has undertaken fieldwork in many locations in Europe, Kenya and Australia. Her primary research interests are in human evolution, skeletal biology, growth and development as applied to extinct members of our evolutionary lineage. Beyond these research foci, she maintains a dedication to the preservation of museum collections and has developed methodologies to preserve and broadcast datasets to the physical anthropology community using Computed Tomography (CT scans), traditional radiology, and human dental micro-anatomy as well as in the distribution of the highest quality castings of human fossils to Universities and Museums all over the world. An example of this work is The Radiographic Atlas of the Krapina Neandertals.

It is her plan to develop a “virtual museum” of skeletal collections so that researchers from all around the world can use these CT scans of the Penn Museum collection as part of their own research design. As of June 2007, over 3,000 skeletal materials have been scanned and entered into this database. This work is funded by the National Science Foundation (along with P.Thomas Schoenemann, a Research Associate at the Penn Museum). In her own work, results of this endeavor have been presented at several professional meetings. Her own research interest in the project stems from the use of the scans for comparative purposes to the study of Human Evolution, specifically in the understanding of the cranial-facial morphology and dentition of Neandertals. As co-curator, with Dr. Alan Mann (Princeton University and Curator Emeritus of the Physical Anthropology Section, Penn Museum), of the Museum's traveling exhibition, Human Evolution: The First 200 Million Years, one of the most ambitious exhibit projects ever developed at the Penn Museum. The exhibition is scheduled to premiere at the Penn Museum in 2008, before traveling to several sites nationally. This exhibit is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. She continues as Associate Director of the Casting Program (non-profit small business venture, world-wide sales distribution to museums and universities for research and teaching) that stores over 3000 molds and casts representing every phase of human evolution.

Dr. Alan Mann

Dr. Alan Mann Dr. Mann is a physical anthropologist and Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. He is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and Emeritus Curator of Physical Anthropology at Penn Museum. He also holds a research appointment in the Anthropology Laboratory of the University of Bordeaux. He received his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley.

His primary interest is in the fossil evidence for human evolution and he has done fieldwork in South and East Africa, Israel, Iran, Afghanistan, Croatia, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Germany, and now works primarily in the southwest of France. His current research focuses on the evolution of the Neandertals and their relationships to modern peoples. He is particularly interested in the origin of language and its importance in the emergence of the quality of ‘humanness’. He is co-director of the excavation of a Middle Paleolithic Neandertal site in the Charente Department of southwest France.

Dr. Mann is the author of Some Paleodemographic Aspect of the South African Australopithecines and is co-author, with Mark Weiss, of Human Biology and Behavior: An Anthropological Perspective, as well as more than 75 articles in professional journals and popular magazines. He has also written a children’s book on human evolution. He has been a consultant for the National Geographic Society and is the Anthropology consultant for the World Book Encyclopedia.