The human body is a magnificent machine, incredibly complex and ever-changing. Human, the Montréal Science Centre’s new permanent exhibition, takes us to the very heart of human evolution through a fully interactive and highly energetic environment. Designed to demystify the fascinating universe of the body, the exhibition’s two remarkably participative and stimulating zones offer a physical and tactile experience complete with demonstrations and hands-on activities.
You are the result of millions of years of transformation. Discover your place along human evolution thanks to this interactive exhibition. Understand what makes us human and catch a glimpse of what we might become in the future.
TO BE EXPLORED!
If we count the number of hairs per square centimetre, we find that humans and chimps both have about the same amount. Yet human hairs are very short and very fine which explains why we appear more "naked" than our chimp counterparts. However scientists still can't agree on why certain parts of our body – like our scalp – have retained longer hairs.
Humans and sharks both have "camera eyes" with identical parts:
- a cornea, the dome at the eye's surface;
- an iris, that controls how much light gets through;
- a crystalline, that acts as a lens;
- a retina, that receives light signals and transmits them to the brain.
The only significant difference resides deep inside the eye; shark eyes have a layer of crystals that reflect light which allows them to see in the dark, just like cats.
When seen with the naked eye, we don't seem to have much in common with bananas. Yet if we dig deeper, we find that our cells behave similarly due to genes we both inherited from our shared primeval past. For instance, human cells and banana tree cells can become specialized based on their role within the organism, something which bacteria cannot do.