Institute for the science of origins


The science of human origins is a multidisciplinary approach that seeks to understand all aspects of the evolutionary development of Homo sapiens.

It combines fields such as paleontology, comparative anatomy, comparative physiology and behavioral studies to unravel the adaptive pressures that ultimately resulted in our own species.


at the museum»

Collections in the Physical Anthropology department at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History are dominated by the Hamann-Todd Osteological Collection—the largest of its kind in the world, including 3,100 modern human and more than 900 non-human primates skeletons.

»Visit the Physical Anthropology department