Meet humankind's distant relatives in memorable new ways

With insights drawn from the study of human evolution, from the earliest hominids to Homo sapiens, esteemed anthropologist and paleoartist John Gurche will challenge us to consider what it means to be human.

We'll learn about the physical and cultural evolution of our ancient ancestors, including ways early African art and European cave paintings reveal the development of the human brain.

We'll also delve into the techniques of making paleoart, which draws on scientific knowledge about fossils, genetic material, and artifacts to recreate images and sculptures made by prehistoric humans.

Finally, we'll visit John's studio at Ithaca’s Museum of the Earth to see how he creates paleoart, including works on display at the Smithsonian.