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USU's Museum of Anthropology opens exhibit comparing modern humans and Neanderthals

LOGAN - Visitors to Utah State University's Museum of Anthropology are invited to explore the differences between modern humans and Neanderthals in activities June 29 as part of the museum's "Saturdays at the Museum" series.


An illustration lecture begins at 1 p.m.  Relating to the day's theme, the lecture explains the newest scientific evidence for humans and Neanderthals living together.


Throughout the day, young visitors can make cave paintings and also solve the forensic case of "Who killed the Neanderthal?" by evaluating the evidence and potential suspects.


"Learning about the connection between modern humans and Neanderthals is important," said Randi Martin, the docent program coordinator at the Museum. "It is truly remarkable that the two species could have coexisted so long ago."


In addition to the "Saturdays at the Museum" activity series with its 10 a.m. — 4 p.m. hours, community members and USU students alike can visit the museum during its standard operating hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.— 5 p.m.


Funding for Saturday events is provided by a grant from the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services. More information about the IMLS is available online (


The USU Museum of Anthropology can be found on the USU Logan campus in the south turret of the historic Old Main building, Room 252. Admission is free. For Saturday activities, free parking is available in the adjacent lot, south of the building.


For more information about museum events, call museum staff at (435) 797-7545 or visit the museum website (


The Museum of Anthropology is part of the Anthropology Program at USU in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.