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Museum Exhibit Developed at Harvard SEAS Puts Evolution at Visitors' Fingertips
March 25, 2013
This material is available primarily for archival purposes. Telephone numbers or other contact information may be out of date; please see current contact information at media contacts.Visitors to the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge, Mass., and three other U.S. museums can experience and interact with a computerized tabletop exhibit that teaches them about evolution and the history of life on Earth. The result of a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation, the multitouch surface and programming allow museum visitors to zoom and scroll through the Tree of Life.Full Story
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