Who were our first ancestors? What does it mean to be human? These are questions artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts have been working to answer. They describe their collaborations on the Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins exhibit and discuss how art and science inform one another.
John Gurche is a paleo-artist and author of Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins in Ithaca, New York.
Rick Potts is a paleoanthropologist and director of the Human Origins Program at the National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.