Book Description: Based on the new Spitzer Hall of Human Origins in the American Museum of Natural History, which opened in February 2007, this book about the genome takes the young reader to the cutting edge of science, exploring and examining the tools by which we study our origins, some of the milestones in those origins, human movement across the planet and the beginnings of being human - through language, music, art and tools.With its outstanding permanent collection, its ever-changing array of illuminating exhibitions, and it's hands-on approach to universe around us, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is unquestionably one of the world's preeminent institutions of learning -- and fun. And learning and fun are at the core of Bones, Brains and DNA by Ian Tattersall and Robert DeSalle. Based on the new Spitzer Hall of Human Origins, which opens in February 2007, this charming book takes the young reader to the cutting edge of science, exploring and examining the tools by which we study our origins, some of the milestones in human origins, human movement across the planet, and the beginnings of being human through language, music, art, and tools.Illustrated by the well loved children's artist Patricia J. Wynne, Bones, Brains and DNA follows the tales, and tails, of two museum mice, Wallace and Darwin, as they play tour guide to the fascinating history of human evolution. Tackling the such topics of genomes and chromosomes, molecules and wooly mammoths, and dinosaurs and hominids, Wallace and Darwin present a thoroughly delightful and informative history of human development through anthropology, archeology, biology, ecology, and art. Complete with explanatory photographs, easy-to-follow charts, and a succinct glossary, this fact-filled jaunt through one of America's favorite museums will charm and challenge while educating the budding young scientist.