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Human Migration Map Lauren Watkins Integrated Information Design Project 1 Case Study 17 October 2012


Project Statement


Company: The Smithsonian’s Human Origins Initiative “The initiative’s goal is to explore the universal human story at its broadest time scale. It seeks to stimulate new research findings that deepen an understanding of what makes our species unique and how we came to be.” They want to expand the public’s knowledge and understanding of human evolution. http://humanorigins.si.edu/resources/about The Smithsonian Their mission is “the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” their vision is “shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.” http://www.si.edu/About/Mission Problem: The Smithsonian website and National Museum of Natural History has a section on “What does it mean to be human?” that is funded by the “Human Origins Initiative.” This “web site is dedicated to bringing you the excitement, latest findings, and profound implications of the scientific exploration of human origins.” There are many lists of facts and lists of timelines accompanied by generic images. Lists of facts are boring and can be hard to understand. There is no migration timeline. Opportunity: This problem gives us the opportunity to expand visitors’ knowledge by presenting the information in a easier to understand, graphic style. There is a need for a timeline of the first anatomical humans from Africa to the rest of the globe. By creating an info-graphic of the human evolution timeline, the information will be easier and more interesting to read. It will invite and incise more viewers, which will ultimately create a more educated public. Solution: The solution is an interactive map of the world for the site. The start is Africa and the end is South America. Above the map will be a timeline starting at 200,000 years ago, the estimated date of the first anatomically modern human. Each section of the globe where humans migrated will be in a different color according to the time they migrated to that location. There will be pinpoints on significant findings for that area and time. On rollover of these pinpoints, further information about that point will pop-out.


Mood Boards


Destination


Sketches


Progress


Kennewick

6

9,500 years ago

20,000-15,000 years ago

Spirit Cave

9,500-9,400 years ago

Yana River

NORTH AMERICA

30,000 years ago

Clovis

13,500 years ago

40,000 years ago

Meadowcroft

5

19,000-12,000 years ago

Zhoukoudian

(Shandingdong) 11,000 years ago

EUROPE 4

Minatogawa

ASIA

Pestera cu Oase 35,000 years ago

18,000 years ago

40,000-30,000 years ago Qafzeh

100,000 years ago

Nile River

Red Sea

2

70,000-50,000 years ago Omo Kibish

AFRICA 1

Oldest modern human 195,000 years ago

200,000 years ago

Andaman Islands

Niah Cave

40,000 years ago

EQUATOR

SOUTH AMERICA

Malakunanja

50,000 years ago

Klasies River Mouth 120,000 years ago

3

AUSTRALIA

15,000-12,000 years ago Monte Verde

50,000 years ago

Human Migration

14,800 years ago

Fossil or artifact site

40,000 years ago

Migration date

Generalized route

SOURCES: SUSAN ANTON, NEW YORK UNIVERSITY; ALISON BROOKS, GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY; PETER FORSTER, UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE; JAMES F. O'CONNELL, UNIVERSITY OF UTAH; STEPHEN OPPENHEIMER, OXFORD UNIVERSITY; SPENCER WELLS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY; OFER BAR-YOSEF, HARVARD UNIVERSITY NGM MAPS

Š 2006 National Geographic Society. All rights reserved.

Lake Mungo

45,000 years ago


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Sources


"Human Evolution by The Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program." Human Evolution by The Smithsonian Institution's Human Origins Program. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://humanorigins.si.edu/>. "Human Journey, Human Origins - National Geographic Magazine." Human Journey, Human Origins - National Geographic Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0603/feature2/map.html>. "Timeline of Dietary Shifts in the Human Line of Evolution." Timeline of Dietary Shifts in the Human Line of Evolution. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://www.beyondveg.com/nicholson-w/hb/hb-interview1c.shtml>. map image: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/48/LocationAntarctica.png


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