People and the Planet

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Human beings came into existence 300,000 years ago. However, only in recent times have we seen how humans can change the planet. We have also seen how we can work with nature to help create a more sustainable planet for all living things. Our researchers focus on human impacts on species and the environment, connecting communities of people, human health as it connects to the environment, and more. You can reflect on stories of humans and nature, and share your own story in the Our Places map from the National Museum of Natural History.