Human evolution interactives

Have you ever wanted to bring one of our early human relatives back to life? Or to investigate for yourself what features we share with other species? Now you can, with the interactives below.

Neanderthal skull
3D hominid skulls interactive

Examine how human skull shape has evolved by comparing a modern human skull with the skulls of some extinct species of hominid. How different are they from a chimpanzee’s?

How a Neanderthal man may have looked
See a Neanderthal walking in your room

Neanderthals were probably our closest relatives. Although they died out around 30,000 years ago, with the help of augmented reality you can invite one into your room.

How Lucy, the most famous Australopithecus afarensis individual, may have looked
Watch Lucy walk on your desktop

Australopithecus afarensis is one of our oldest early human relatives known to walk upright on 2 legs. With augmented reality, you can watch the most famous individual, Lucy, walking around.

Hominid species on the Museum's interactive Tree of Life
Interactive Tree of Life

Charles Darwin was the first to come up with the idea of a Tree of Life to illustrate how life has evolved. Investigate how closely you are related to other life on Earth, from chimpanzees to bananas, with this interactive version.

Part of the human evolution timeline on the Smithsonian website
On the Smithsonian website: Human evolution timeline

Explore the major milestones in human evolution with this interactive from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.