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Temporary exhibitions

Millions of years of evolution have given us to many things to tell

JOSÉ LATOVA. 40 YEARS OF SPANISH ARCHAEOLOGICAL PHOTOGRAPHY. 1975-2014

When

October 2015-March 2016

Where

Temporary Exhibition Hall

How much

Free Entrance

This exhibition covers the last 40 years in the history of Spanish archaeology, with more than 100 photographs, five audiovisuals and several publications by Latova, a regular photographer of Spain's most important archaeological projects. The exhibition is a tribute to the work of archaeological photographers. Spanning the period from 1975 to the present, it looks at the role and development of one of the most effective forms of archaeological documentation.
 

Latova and his camera have covered sites from every period across the country. The exhibition helps visitors to reconstruct and understand the whole process of an archaeological dig (discoveries, processes, work, people, techniques, etc.), and also to comprehend our past through the stories articulated by archaeologists on the basis of the photographs taken at these digs, triggering memories with which we imagine what our ancestors were like, their material society, their homes, fortifications, graves, daily routines, rituals and ceremonies.
 

This collection also looks at another facet of Latova, unrelated to documentary photography yet coinciding with it thanks to his enormous artistic talent, strikingly obvious in many of the works on display. They all reflect the vigour of science and a passion for adventure, perfectly represented in his figure. Latova has contributed cutting edge technical and photographic solutions to archaeological photography such as the use of digital technology and 3D photogrammetry, now used in rock art research, most notably in the Djehuty excavation project, headed by Jose Manuel Galan.

THE BEAR PIT

When

July 2015-February 2016

Where

Unique Exhibit Room

How much

Free Entrance

This exhibition features a bear skull that is more than 400,000 years old and a magnificent sculpture of an adult individual of the same species, the ancestor of the cave bear. They are accompanied by a video by Javier Trueba, who narrates the long adventure of these fossils down to the present day.
The Pit of Bones (Sima de los Huesos in Spanish) is above all, a Pit of Bears. Over time, many of the bears that hibernated in Atapuerca's Cueva Mayor fell down this shaft. The numerous fossils from every part of the skeleton at this site have allowed us to discover and describe the distinctive features of this bear species, 'Ursus deningeri'.
 

There is also an original sculpture of one of these bears standing upright on its hind legs. This powerful work of art, produced with impeccable scientific rigour and advice by Drs. Nuria Garcia and Elena Santos, is by Sonia Cabello, sculpture professor at Madrid's Complutense University School of Fine Arts.

In an audiovisual by Javier Trueba, visitors accompany the Atapuerca team on their way into the Pit of Bones and see the traces left by bears in the cave -claw marks and bedding-, the excavation process, the bone cleaning and stabilization process in the lab, and in short, everything that has allowed this skull to arrived here in such a magnificent state.

GONE WITH THE WIND. THE SIXTH EXTINCTION

When

March-October 2015

Where

Level 2. Biodiversity Space

How much

Free Entrance

This exhibition narrates the slow extinction of animal species over the last 10,000 years, with excellent fossil specimens, models, naturalized animals and extraordinary murals in a display that encourages visitors to think about the current situation and how we humans manage our ecosystem. The story begins with some of the glacial megafauna (large mammals) that disappeared when the ice began to melt 11,000 years ago.

The exhibit includes some 30 fossils of extinct animals: highly relevant original items including a magnificent 35,000 year old mammoth jawbone from the Padul bog in Granada, the most southerly specimens found to date, a Glyptodon shell (a key mammal in Darwin's formulation of his theory of evolution), the tail of a Megatherium (one of only five in Europe), one of the terrestrial land mammals that has ever existed and the leg of a Macrauchenia (a large herbivore) from the Botet collection in the Valencia Science Museum and an invaluable specimen of the naturalized Thylacine (carnivorous marsupial) from the Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid.

This extinct animal, the Tasmanian wolf or tiger (on account of the stripes on its back) could still be seen in captivity in 1936. This magnificent carnivore marsupial lived in Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania, where its disappearance is attributed to intensive hunting. Three magnificent large-format murals by Mexican palaeoartist Sergio de la Rosa were painted for this exhibition, giving visitors a chance to see these animals in a lively posture. The exhibition is also an opportunity for visitors to think about our responsibility for changes in the ecosystem, the loss of species and the future of the biosphere. Right now, 213 mammals, 213 birds, 168 reptiles, 525 amphibians and 423 fish are in critical danger of extinction.

BESTIARY, THE DISCOVERY OF A KINGDOM

When

January-September 2015

Where

Temporary Exhibition Room

How much

Free Entrance

This exhibition shows how the animal kingdom has been known and represented graphically over the centuries. The 80 items are primarily images from manuscripts, books and prints, as well as sculptures, skeletons and anatomical figures and three-dimensional reconstructions. The exhibition begins with animals represented in medieval books and exotic animals little-known in the Middle Ages, despite classical and biblical references, and mythological creatures that existed in the popular imagination.

The exhibition then passes through the Renaissance and Baroque periods, when the printing press permitted wider knowledge of the first scientifically acceptable zoologies. 'Bestiaria, the discovery of a kingdom' is a journey through time and space that begins with the reproduction of a cave painting from Altamira and ends with a 3D view of lab specimens now possible in the 21st century. "This is a gaze that begins in darkness and ends peering into a microscope", says Ricardo Piñero (University of Salamanca), joint curator of the exhibition along with Ignacio de Gaspar (Complutense University, Madrid). In the words of Juan Luis Arsuaga, scientific director of the Museum of Human Evolution (MHE), “This exhibition is a rethink of the 'cultural history' of animals in relation to humans, in other words, a reconstruction of the history of humans, without losing sight of our animality. Seasonality, imagination, mystery, belief: links in a chain that gradually reveal and outline the nuances of a dream, to tell the story of the beasts of the Earth".

This exhibition is the first of three designed in collaboration with "La Caixa" Social Projects and the Caja de Burgos Foundation under a cooperation agreement recently signed with the MHE.

ECHOS: SOUNDSCAPES OF HUMAN EVOLUTION

When

December 2014-July 2015

Where

Unique Exhibit Room

How much

Free Entrance

This exhibition in the Unique Exhibit Room is a new sensory experience for visitors, who discover the sounds that have accompanied human evolution for the last 4,000,000 years. This sensory journey starts with the characteristic sounds of the African rainforest inhabited by the great apes four million years ago, mixed with other less known species. Then, half a million years later, we can detect the sounds of the African savannah, where Australopithecus occupied large, sunny areas along with African fauna. Listening closely, we can also hear echoes from a million years ago, when hominins experienced the changing seasons in Eurasia and Homo antecessor coexisted with bison and aurochs.

From there we move on to the last Ice Age and the first sounds that accompanied Neolithic man in the Middle East, and then finish with voices and music from today. At the end of the exhibition, we can listen to typical sounds of Bushmen, Maasai dancers, Amazon Indians and the inhabitants of Papua New Guinea; a veritable melting pot of peoples and races who still live outside time, as well as the sounds of technologies that have changed our way of life: steam engines, radio interference, static electricity and traffic. In short, a soundtrack that enhances and re-educates our appreciation of the value of hearing.

THE CRADLE OF HUMANITY

When

July-December 2014

Where

Temporary Exhibition Hall

How much

Free Entrance

"The Cradle of Humanity", a unique presentation on display at the Temporary Exhibition Room at the MHE, brings together the most important discoveries in Africa related to the origins of human evolution. The 200 items help visitors to understand how the human genus emerged in Africa almost four million years ago. 'The Cradle of Humanity' is divided into five main areas. They explain the archaeological and palaeontological importance of the area in northern Tanzania, where every stage of human evolution is represented, from the first Australopithecus species to modern hunter-gatherer communities like the Hazda.

This exhibition complements and expands the information contained in the permanent exhibition, and opens up new perspectives and relationships in the Museum of Human Evolution's discourse. Over 100 original tools illustrate the technological evolution of these hominids, including the first evidence of knapping almost 2 million years ago and the first Acheulean innovations, along with original fossils of the fauna that coexisted with these hominids and landscape interpretations by Mauricio Anton.

Reproductions produced by direct moulding and 3D scanning show remains of Australopithecus, the first Homo and the oldest sapiens, along with emblematic fossils such as Lucy, the Taung boy and others.

CHANGE OF IMAGE: A NEW LOOK FOR THE NEANDERTHALS

When

June-December 2014

Where

Temporary Exhibition Hall

How much

Free Entrance

'The feathered Neanderthal', by the Milan Museum of Natural History's palaeoartist Fabio Fogliazza, is the centerpiece of this temporary exhibition in the MHE's new exhibition space. Around her, other items present evidence that seems to indicate that a conscious, symbolic mind with a capacity for expression through language has not been an exclusive trait of Homo sapiens. This exhibition contains information about the Fumane site in Italy, along with a selection of the birds found there, whose feathers are part of the 'Feathered Neanderthal' sculpture.

UANTOKS. PEDRO SAURA'S EXPEDITIONS INTO THE PAPUA-NEW GUINEA HIGHLANDS

When

December 2013-April 2014

Where

Temporary Exhibition Hall

How much

Free Entrance

'Uantoks. Pedro Saura's expeditions to the Papua New Guinea highlands', presents a fascinating country with one of the world's greatest ethnic and linguistic diversity, probably the result of an extremely old history with much still remaining to be known. In this regard it illustrates one of the aims of the Museum of Human Evolution, to show every possible aspect of humanity, our history, our diversity, the different zones where we had -and still have- to develop. In this exhibit, visitors accompany Pedro Saura on a journey through an area which until recently was largely unknown, where tribes have kept their lifestyles unchanged for thousands of years amidst impenetrable jungles flanked by mountains covered by eternal snows and active volcanoes.

Photographs and a collection of ethnographic items open our eyes to exotic landscapes, remote villages and sophisticated ceremonies still performed by an enormous variety of groups who live in this land. Pedro Saura, Professor of photography at Madrid's Complutense University School of Fine Arts, travelled to Papua New Guinea in 1983 and decided to document the lands and peoples who form a living example of how prehistoric lifestyles could have been anywhere in the world, before they disappear. On this and subsequent journeys in 1985, 1988, 1991 and 1994, he filmed and photographed landscapes and scenes of everyday life.

The people of the Highlands use everything available from their natural surroundings. Despite being warriors, conflicts between tribes are resolved by celebrations more often than in battles. This has generated some of the world's most stunning costumes and the most colourful original skin decorations, the most important milestones in the lives of the tribe members. Click on this link to see photos from the exhibition. Click on this link for a video presentation.

More pictures at this link

https://www.pinterest.com/11meh/uantoks-las-expediciones-de-pedro-saura-a-las-tier/

BODIES IN WAX. THE ART OF ANATOMY

When

April-July 2014

Where

Temporary exhibition hall

How much

Free Entrance

'Bodies in wax. The Art of Anatomy' contains part of the Complutense University's collection of wax anatomical models, bequeathed by the San Carlos Royal College of Surgery. This one of world's best collections. It consists of anatomical wax sculptures of great anthropological, historical, artistic, anatomical and educational value made in 18th century. These sculptures by Juan Cháez and Luigi Franceschi evidence the authors' deep technical knowledge.

They are extremely expressive, to the astonishment of the visitor. Some 40 wax sculptures in different tones were chosen for this exhibition to illustrate three main aspects: obstetrics, bipedalism and the brain. The anatomical models explain the evolution and the peculiarities of the human race in four main sections: the upright posture, the vocal apparatus, the brain and childbirth.

The exhibition also features scenes, décor and cloth that transport us to different environments and periods, as well as large-scale images, crafts and manual machines, all set in seven areas. One of the highlights of the exhibition is an exquisitely sculpted skeleton with transparencies and veils. The highlights of the body are explained dynamically here, with the help of Eadweard Muybridge's strips of images, 'Human and Animal Locomotion photography'.

Another feature is 'A different delivery', which brings the visitor into the core of the collection of wax models and one of the groups of sculptures, one on childbirth and another on anatomically related aspects. 'The gift of the word' brings us to the third theme of the exhibition: the brain, language and bipedalism. The wax models in this zone explain the larynx and the hearing apparatus. 

Making of the Museum of Human Evolution

When

Hasta enero de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales. Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

The first temporary exhibition was shown from October to December 2010 and was intended to convey to the public the intricacies of mounting the exhibition held during the months prior to the opening of the Museum of Human Evolution. Visitors were able to discover the different stages of assembly and the various trades associated with it, thus revealing how the ambitious museological project of the permanent exhibition was carried out. This exhibition, produced by the MEH, tried to recreate the work that took place during the assembly of the exhibition. Thus, we could see scaffolding, platforms, unfinished structures and the materials they worked with laid bare. It was like capturing a snapshot of the assembly work. The exhibition went through seven different areas: Exterior landscape, interior landscape, original fossils modules, Beagle, Hominids, Brain and Fire and provided further insights into the materials used and the working phases developed in the different facilities. 

Neanderthals, from Iberia to Siberia

When

Hasta enero de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales. Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

This exhibition, organized by the Office of Culture of the governing body of Castilla y León and curated by Antonio Rosas, CSIC-MNCN paleobiologist showed original fossils donated by other museums that let us know how a coetaneous species of the genus Homo lived. In addition, Rosas exhibited for the first time in Spain the reconstruction performed by Elisabeth Daynes of a Neanderthal baby. Visitors were able to see the main Neanderthal fossils found in Castilla y León, as well as pieces deposited at the National Archaeological Museum and the Geological and Mining Museum, exceptional for their knowledge of found life forms, among which were those from the cave of Valdegoba (Huérmeces, Burgos). Visitors could also see reproductions of pieces from the Neanderthal Museum in Germany, the Tautavel Museum in France, Tarragona's IPHES and the Area of ​​Prehistory of the University of Burgos made specifically for the MEH. This exhibition marked the completion of the MEH discourse about this species by updating new discoveries, especially those from DNA analysis, and which brought the history of the Neanderthals to the public. To achieve this, an informative discourse was developed about the history of the discoveries of this lineage, its phylogenetic context, the unique anatomical features, the environment in which they developed, how they lived, and their subsequent extinction. You can see photographs of the exhibition at this linkhttp://goo.gl/F4OnV

PlayEvolución. The MEH and Atapuerca in a playmobil landscape

When

Hasta enero de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales. Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

The temporary exhibition 'PlayEvolución. Atapuerca and the MEH in a playmobil landscape' can be seen in the museum workshops from June 20th to November 18th for free. This exhibition, born from the collaboration among Playmobil Ibérica, the Playmobil Collectors Association (Aesclick), the MEH and the Luz y Vida bookstore, shows the world of Atapuerca and the Museum seen through the landscape and the Playmobil perspective. The first part of the exhibition recreates prehistoric life in Sierra de Atapuerca. Another space is devoted to the excavation sites of Atapuerca. There are several archaeologists digging, including the three co-directors of the Atapuerca site, Eudald Carbonell, José María Bermúdez de Castro and Juan Luis Arsuaga.  Finally, a model of the Museum of Human Evolution has been built, in which you can see the most emblematic spots of the Museum. In total, the exhibition features over 600 figures from different private collections. In this link you can see photos of the exhibitionhttp://goo.gl/nQUCF

Jane Goodall and the chimpanzees of Gombe

When

Hasta enero de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales. Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

We're shown the reality of research projects and conservation initiatives this PhD has developed through didactic panels and photographs. Goodall in Gombe (Tanzania) went further on the characteristics of chimpanzees such as feeding, behaviours, use of tools or the difficulties they've encountered and that occasionally have put them on the brink of extinction. Also, for this exhibition the museum has set up a vase for visitors to recycle their old mobile phones. The Jane Goodall Institute in Spain has launched the campaign 'Movilízate por la selva' (Speak out for the jungle) with the support of the primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, Prince of Asturias Award 2003 and Messenger of Peace by the United Nations. This initiative offers a free and easy way to donate unused mobile phones (whether they work or not), allowing reuse of these terminals, reducing the unsustainable demand for their components, recycling useful items and disposing of toxic materials properly, so avoiding enviromental pollution. All money raised by recycling these phones' components, through the Eurekamovil company, will be sent to Africa to finance development projects in rural areas.

BOTANyCA, a reflection on forests and knowledge of species

When

Hasta enero de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales. Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

BOTANyCA, along the lines the Museum of Human Evolution, is developing around a reflection on forests and knowledge of the different species, proposing a new space. The friendly MEH environment affords enjoyment of plant species from another perspective, as a source of inspiration for current artists and their various forms of visual representation. This exhibition is held in collaboration with the Complutense University of Madrid and consists of 50 works by 15 contemporary artists who are part of the research group 'Arte, Naturaleza y Ciencia de la UCM' (Art, Nature and Science at the UCM). You can see sculptures, photographs, paintings, mixed media and installations. Elements that are all emotionally charged and in which each artist conveys ideas in the language that best facilitates their own mode of self-expression, from the conceptual to the surreal, from photorealism to magical realism. With different techniques, these artists get small doses of wisdom that enable each of them to create very suggestive works.  From the analysis of the interaction between Nature and Science very suggestive scenes arise: calligraphy treated with care, stepped leaves' footprints on wet soil, insects camouflaging themselves among branches, landscapes viewed through a peephole, stems that twist in a surprisingly natural manner... elements that are all emotionally charged and which each artist conveys in their particular language. Video of the presentation at this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQlMgmtYCM8 Exhibition photograph atthis link http://pinterest.com/11meh/botanyca-la-naturaleza-vista-desde-el-arte/ More information at this link: http://goo.gl/bxc4A

The Inner Forest

When

Hasta enero de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales. Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

'El Bosque Interior' (The Inner Forest) is an exhibition in which the visitor is the main protagonist. The exhibition 'El Bosque Interior' by PhotoAlquimia, in collaboration with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), is presented as an adventure in which each visitor can become an explorer and solve a mystery through the clues that the forest itself will reveal to them. For the whole length of the exhibition, which can be seen at the Visitor Reception Centre of Atapuerca, the visitor has the feeling of being inside a large forest and is invited to touch, hear, smell and look, being trained through their five senses. You can also check the features of the forest through the four seasons of its life: its overflowing spring, its summer splendour, its decline in fall and its winter dormancy. Air, water, fire and earth, the four elements and their transformations are also present in the exhibit. The exhibition highlights forest diversity and continuous transformation through panels. Each tree has a story and is willing to share it with those who are willing to listen. The exhibition addresses concepts such as diversity, adaptation, transformation or life networks. Consequently, the explorer will learn that everything fits and functions in the woods, providing them with a clear vision of what sustainable development means. More information at this linkhttp://www.photoalquimia.com/blog/?cat=45

L-Evolución, a walk through the origins of human evolution

When

Hasta enero de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales. Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

The L-Evolución exhibition, resulting from the collaboration between the MEH and the Cultural Association of Amateur LEGO Constructions of Spain has about 200,000 pieces and consists of ten themed dioramas, each representing a characteristic time of evolution and history, from the early life of the Precambrian to the present day. All dioramas include references to the history of Spain, the city of Burgos and the Museum of Human Evolution and Atapuerca itself. The visitor can see the first human settlements in the Neolithic period, the Roman times shown through a city of Hispania, the Middle Ages, the Napoleonic invasion seen through the battle of Gamonal and the industrial revolution represented through the mining railroad of Sierra de la Demanda. In addition, the Museum of Human Evolution and the Atapuerca project are very present in the display. There are also many small miniature figures representing Roman legions, medieval peasants, Archaeology students and famous people like El Cid or Napoleon. Visitors who come to see the exhibition may participate in a competition where they can win LEGO sets. The game consists of finding a series of mini-figures that have been lost in evolution and have been cast in an age that is not theirs. Once located, you have to capture a bidi code with your mobile phone that will forward you to an Internet application with which you can check the location of each one. Photographs of the exhibition at these links https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.626813680663232.1073741847.138200329524572&type=1 http://pinterest.com/11meh/l-evoluci%C3%B3n-un-paseo-por-la-historia-de-la-mano-de/

Beauty: an endless search

When

Hasta julio de 2014

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales del Museo.

How much

Gratuito

This temporary exhibition, held in collaboration with L'Oréal Spain will run until January 12th, 2014. It displays more than a hundred pieces from diverse backgrounds featured in six different areas. Foremost among others, parts of the prestigious Raffel Pagés Museum of the History of Hairdressing, those of Roger & Gallet's or the Joya del Silo (Jewel of the Silo), a gold bracelet from the Bronze Age found in Atapuerca. The exhibition takes a scientific and cultural tour to reflect on the concept of beauty from its beginnings to the present day, and even advance what the beauty of the future will be like. The exhibition is divided into the following areas: 'The nature of beauty', 'Fascination for beauty', 'Generation de la toilette', 'Beauty, power and everyday life', 'Lights, camera, action' and 'Beauty: Science and Future' and covers representative unique icons throughout history such as bifaces made by Homo ergaster, Egyptian necklaces or Roman crowns. There is also a space for the use of cosmetics and unique pigments used throughout the years, including the monumental hairstyles in the time of Henry IV. In the nineteenth century, the first cologne made its appearance and the early twentieth century saw the first synthetic hair dye. All of this is represented in the exhibition, which also anticipates how the concept of beauty will evolve in the future. Download the exhibition brochure at this link http://issuu.com/museoevolucion/docs/folleto_belleza Exhibition photos atthis link http://pinterest.com/11meh/la-belleza-una-b%C3%BAsqueda-sin-fin/ Exhibition's video at this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnIXkWNe7U8&feature=youtu.be  

The Jewel of the Silo

When

Desde diciembre de 2012 hasta junio de 2013

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Todos los días a las 13h y a las 19h.

The temporary exhibition 'La Joya del Silo' (The Jewel of the Silo), co-produced by Grupo Espeleológico Edelweiss (GEE) and the MEH, in collaboration with the Museum of Burgos, helped to spread awareness of lesser known cavities in the karst complex of the Sierra de Atapuerca and to hold the 60th anniversary of the GEE. It was inaugurated on July 19th 2011 and remained open until September 25th. Through texts, photographs, drawings and recreation, visitors were introduced to the world of caves and caving, but also to exceptional findings, since the gold bracelet was shown for the first time, which was found in 2004 by a team that was working inside the karst. Atapuerca's inexhaustible capacity for surprise is symbolized in this mysterious jewel found in the Sala del Caos (Room of Chaos) which dates from the end of the Bronze Age (the XII-X centuries BC) and is framed within the group called 'Villena-Estremoz'. The cultural significance of these pieces is subject to several assumptions, related to the extraction of and trade in certain commodities. The exhibition is divided into four areas (Speleological context, Research context, Archaeological context and The place, the finding) in which they provide data to understand what the cave of the Silo is like, the interventions it had, its meaning within the maze of galleries that make up the karst, and what hypotheses are being considered based on its occupation by hominids that inhabited the Sierra 3,500 years ago. In this link you can see several pictures http://goo.gl/IPFxY

The Burnt Forest

When

Desde diciembre de 2012 hasta junio de 2013

Where

Sala de exposiciones temporales Planta -1 del Museo.

How much

Todos los días a las 13h y a las 19h.

'El Bosque Quemado' (The burnt forest) is the ninth temporary exhibition of the Museum of Human Evolution since its opening. It reflects on the importance of forests for people, and of fire in the course of human evolution, so, the exhibition is part of the museum's discourse itself. The sample was based primarily on visual display elements–for which there has been collaboration from the EFE agency and the Environment Classroom from Caja de Burgos–and features materials such as devastated soils, burnt trunks or use of the coal cellars. This has been achieved with the collaboration of the Office of Development and Environment and the municipalities of Retuerta, Fresno de Rodilla and Solarana, as well as the Provincial Council. The aim of all this is that the exhibition visitor experiences diverse sensations, in addition to visual information. The Museum also has its permanent exhibition dedicated to the specific field of fire. The control of fire goes back over 800,000 years, although there are traces of its use in Kenya from 1.5 million years ago. In 2012, up to September, there were 14,050 fires in Spain, affecting a total area of about 189,321 hectares (according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment). According to the WWF conservation association, which also collaborates in the exhibition, 60 percent of these incidents have affected important protected areas. The exhibition is divided into seven small blocks: Iberian forests. Biodiversity. The inhabited forest. Fire, a milestone in evolution. Fires in 2012, images to remember. Fire: uses and advantages. The forest as an artistic inspiration (through Miguel Angel Blanco's book-cases and Eduardo Nave's photographs).  

The art of the light. Vale do Côa Siega Verde

When

Junio-noviembre 2012

Where

Precio

How much

 

Coproduced by Consejería de Cultura y Turismo de la Junta de Castilla y León and Ministerio de Cultura de Portugal, this exhibition brought us to discover the open-air rock-art sites of the  Côa Valley (Portugal) and Siega Verde (Salamanca), the most important open-air engravings in the Iberian Peninsula. The Spanish part of these rock-art sites was designated World Heritage Site by UNESCO in August, 2010. These remains of rock-art can be found in the open air, unlike those found in caves, since until the mid-90s Palaeolithic art was almost exclusively considered a cave art, the art of darkness. Therefore, Palaeolithic open-air rock-art can be known as the Art of the Light. The exhibition, running from mid-February to late-May 2011, included large-scale photographs, explanatory texts and interactive resources in order to allow the visitors to understand the location, the relation with the fluvial courses, the techniques used and the species reproduced in these artistic expressions.   It was a visit through the singularity of these engravings, which constitute an exceptional representation of the creative genius in the initiation of the cultural development of the earliest human ancestors.

Why R-Evolución?

When

Desde abril hasta octubre

Where

Visitas didácticas

How much

Gratuito

The temporary exhibition ¿Por qué R-Evolución? (Why R-Evolution?) was aimed to acknowledge the prominence of Atapuerca and Human Evolution in Burgos candidacy to become ‘European Capital of Culture’. It was opened on June, 28th 2011, and it allowed the visitors to see know the guidelines of the cultural programs for Burgos’ bid during the whole month of July, initiating a project in common to rediscover and reinvent Burgos as a city open to talent and innovation. The MEH joined this project because the arguments for the candidacy reinforced the discussion about human evolution and reflected the singular nature of the museum all around Europe. The design of the exhibition was very visual and didactic to allow both people from Burgos and visitors of the museum to have clear information of the strong points of Burgos’ candidacy.   On different panels you could read opinions from Mary Miller, artistic director of Burgos 2016 candidacy; the writer Oscar Esquivia; or Juan Luis Arsuaga, Atapuerca Research Team co-director. The exhibition highlighted our singularity in Europe: the international importance and significance of human evolution in Atapuerca; being the cradle of Spanish language; the importance of Camino de Santiago (St. James’ Way) in the development of the city; the contrast between the old city and the most modern urban growth; the natural habitat variety and resources.

The diet which made us human

When

Desde abril hasta octubre

Where

Visitas didácticas

How much

Gratuito

This temporary exhibition, coordinated by Ana Mateos, researcher from the CENIEH, with the collaboration of the Cátedra Tomás Pascual-Sanz-CENIEH, was based on the evolutionary process and the adaptation to nutrition of the human being.  It was divided into different exhibition panels explaining the inclusion of food in the human diet since ancient times, through the intake of meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. The exhibition, which stayed in the MEH from December 2010 to April 2011, separated the diets of the different species, such as the Neanderthals, who were the first ones to include a variety of food in their diet; or the Homo Sapiens, who included a wide range of animal, plant and sea food in their diet . The findingss at Atapuerca Site also contributed to explain the reasons for cannibalism. The visitors were able to discover during an interesting visit – by means of videos, panels and tools – the diet alterations made by hominids in order to adapt to climate and environmental changes, one of the keys in human evolution. Detailed laboratory research answered questions such as the possibility of finding strictly vegetarian hominids, or how long we have consumed fish and shellfish, or how long we have used fire to consume food, as well as the development of food preserving methods.

The work of Charles Darwin narrated by himself

When

Desde abril hasta octubre

Where

Visitas didácticas

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Gratuito

This exhibition could have been called Darwinthrough his books.  Actually, it was presented as such at the Library of the College of Geologic Science of the UCM. Certainly, the works published by Darwin contain not only the key to his scientific thought, but also interesting traces of his personality and working method. The extensive bibliography of Charles R. Darwin (1809-1882) has an initial milestone in his dairy Journey of a Naturalist around the World (1839), based on his voyage of the Beagle and a summary in the Autobiography in 1887. In total 55 years of investigations and, midway, his essential work: The Origin of the Species (1859), with today’s so well-known consequences. Darwinis an outstanding figure in The Museum of Human Evolution, but his legacy is beyond limits and accepts different interpretations. One of these interpretations can be seen in this exhibition, inspired by Juan Luis Arsuaga and Milagros Algaba; and which consists on drawing an appealing line of argument from Darwin’s books, accompanied by small objects from the scientific cabinet illustrating his wide-angle reflections. The invaluable collaboration of different Departments from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid brings the exhibition a level of excellence which encourages us, as a popular science museum, to keep on working, turning scientific popularization into an appealing way of learning.