Explore the human species' evolutionary history—a still-unfolding story that began in Africa some 7 million years ago—while surrounded by dioramas of African wildlife and a splashing colony of African penguins. Lions and cheetahs face off with zebras and antelope through the glass windows of their detailed displays.

At the far end, a breeding colony of African penguins dip and dive in their 25,000-gallon tank. At the entrance, Human Odyssey invites you to contemplate our species' origins.

Welcome to African Hall, where you can compare fossils of early human ancestors, walk alongside a computer animation of the famous "Lucy" skeleton, and follow the clues scientists use to investigate our past.