In The Origin of Species, Charles R. Darwin questions the biblical account and opens, in the nineteen century, the debate on the origin of humans. In that same century, in 1848, the first remains of human fossils were discovered in Gibraltar. A few years later a German naturalist, Johann C. Fuhlrott, found remains in the valley of Neander, which he attributed to an intermediate being between ape and human. Prehistory and Paleoanthropology are born in this way and with them the need to close the tree of human evolution.
Recently a team of scientists from the University of Leipzig has dated a series of human fossils found in North Africa with an age of 300,000 years. The remains of those first human found in the Moroccan site of Jebel Irhoud have revolutionized the world of anthropology, as they displace the origin of our species to a place hitherto discarded.
In these almost two centuries elapsed between the first discovery and the latest discoveries in Morocco, a kind of geographical and temporal map of the origin of our species has been generated. A succession of dates, species, scientific equipment and places on which this work is based.
“Origin” proposes a physical journey through the different theories of human evolution developed during the XIX, XX and XXI centuries that have placed the origin of humans, depending on the scientific findings of the moment, in different geographical spaces. A walk through the places where the first human once stood and the history of paleoanthropology; The valley of Neander, the Turkana lake, the Olduvai Gorge or the Atapuerca mountain range.
Landscape, socialization and habitat. Aspects linked to the different species during the process of hominization are the starting point for the theoretical and aesthetic development of this artistic project.
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